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Pinotage 2008


Taste Something Worthy! Totus wines are produced in harmony with nature. Each varietal reflects the unique soil, climatic and growing conditions of this vintage and expresses its own natural characteristics in the bottle.

WINE OF ORIGIN – Coastal Region

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
A cold winter paired with continued rain in spring was accompanied by cooler than usual temperatures. Rain was unseasonable during the ripening period and varieties ripened out of sequence. Disease pressure was counteracted by the cool temperatures and strong south easterly winds that dried the vineyards after the rain. The usual summer temperatures arrived in March and the ripening process gathered good momentum. The mid – later ripening varieties had a longer ripening period, which resulted in excellent phenolic ripeness at lower sugar levels. A good, but challenging year for the SA wine industry.

VINIFICATION
The fruit is handpicked when optimum flavour levels are reached in the vineyard and delivered to the cellar where any unwanted berries are excluded on the sorting table. Crop levels vary between 4 – 5 tons to the hectare. The fruit is gently crushed to small open fermenters to allow cold soaking for 3 days. Inoculation with selected yeast cultures followed with fermentation lasting between 7 – 14 days @ 20ºC – 26ºC. The cap is gently punched through 3 times a day allowing maximum colour and flavour extraction. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in first and second fill French & Hungarian oak and allowed to mature for 12 months.

TASTING NOTES
A deep, unique individual wine with intense notes of raspberry and black berry flavours. Well structured with lingering notes of juicy fruit and harmoniously balanced oak. This wine is a true reflection of South African Pinotage.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol: 13.71%
RS:  2.6 g/l
TA:  5.4 g/l
VA:  0.62 g/l
PH:  3.72