Stellenzicht Cellar Masters Release Pinotage, Stellenbosch

£15.49 / bottle

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Notes – Stellenzicht fits comfortably into its icon status, achieved over a decade by a consistent stream of award-winning wines of unsurpassed quality. Their Shiraz wines are legendary while their Pinotages are fast catching up. Winemaker Guy Webber ascribes their success to the farm’s superb terroir, situated in what is locally referred to as the Wineland’s Golden Triangle, but his skill as a winemaker definitely plays a significant role. Planted in 1995, the young Pinotage bush-vines used for this wine showed their potential early on. The vineyard lies on a relatively flat slope with the rows orientated from north to south. The medium-potential soil originates from decomposed granite and the vines received an overhead, supplementary irrigation at the time of veraison. Being bush vines, all the grapes were picked by hand. The yield balanced out at 7.8 tons/ha with excellent fruit concentration and vigour. After destalking and crushing, the mash was transferred to closed stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Half of the wine completed fermentation in stainless steel tanks while the other half was transferred to oak barrels where the fermentation was completed. Barrel maturation time averaged at 16 months with the barrel selection as follows: 44% New French Oak, 33% new American Oak, 5% new Hungarian Oak; and 18% second fill barrels consisting of 65% French, 30% American and 5% Russian Oak. Stellenzicht Cellar Masters Release Pinotage is dark red with purple edges. The nose has aromas of rich plum and prunes with blackcurrant flavours and an earthy background. The palate is full-bodied, rich with plum and blackcurrant and slight oak spices, with excellent structure and harmony. This is certainly not a sea-food wine. It should be enjoyed at a cool room temperature with game birds, spicy fillet with ginger or with smoked Kudu. Non-conformists will be well advised to try it with chocolate mousse, it works wonderfully.

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