Neethlingshof Owl Post Pinotage is part of Neethlingshof Estate’s Short Story range of wines and is a single vineyard 100% Pinotage.
Neethlingshof Estate takes its name from its one-time 19th century owner, Marthinus Laurentius Neethling, who served as mayor of Stellenbosch and was also a member of the old Cape Parliament. Today Neethlingshof is a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, acknowledged for its protection of indigenous habitat, the 378 ha winery has set aside 127 ha for conservation. It is also been accredited by the Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA). Following a rigorous assessment Neethlingshof (and Uitkyk and Stellenzicht) has been declared compliant with the WIETA fair labour code.
The grapes for Neethlingshof Owl Post Pinotage are sourced from dryland vines established in deep red soils that is rich in organic material and amply feeds the roots. Planted in 1997, the vines are established on north-westerly-facing slopes, 120m above sea level, in soils originating from decomposed granite. After destalking and crushing, yeast was added to the mash and fermentation commenced in stainless steel tanks. While the juice was still fermenting, it was transferred to 300-litre Hungarian oak barrels where it completed fermentation. Malolactic fermentation took place in the same barrels. The wine was matured in the oak barrels for a period of 15 months.
“The Owl Post, a single-vineyard Pinotage, draws attention to the estate’s integrated pest management that forms part of the winery’s focus on production integrity to reduce its dependence on pesticides. Owl posts have been placed strategically throughout the vineyards.”
Consulting viticulturist is Hannes van Zyl and winemaker is De Wet Viljoen.