Pinotage 2019
Beeslaar Wines
Region: Stellenbosch
Country:South Africa

95-Tim Atkin MW
Tasting Notes

Ripe, round and mouth-filling, with silky tannins and balancing acidity. Blackberries, dark cherry and baking spice notes, with ample mouth feel. Intensely perfumed on the palate, typical of the Abrie Beeslaar style of Pinotage production. This can age gracefully for 15 to 20 years, while enjoyable now.

Pinotage is a South African crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. It is typically found in South Africa (Stellenbosch), but its brambly nature, ability to maintain a level of freshness even in hot conditions and consistency vintage to vintage has found it being increasingly planted worldwide. It doesn’t crop as hugely as some reds, but still gives decent yields. Attention in the vineyard must be observed to avoid isoamyl acetate, which gives off unpleasant drying paint notes. An unabashedly “New World” variety.

Located just at the edge of the Stellenbosch appellation, 45 km from Cape Town, Simonsberg has been actively planted since the 17th century. It is a small region, known for crafting some of the finest examples of South African wine. Located in the foothills leading to the Simonsberg Mountains towering above it, it is bordered by Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Simonsberg enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with cool, wet winters and hot summers, mitigated by a strong easterly wind and fairly significant diurnal shifts.

Old vine vineyard, situated in Simonsberg, just outside Stellenbosch. At 200 masl, the bush trained vines are planted in shale soil. There is a strong, easterly breeze that whistles through the vineyard, cooling the grapes and restricting growth of the bush vines, keeping berry sizes and clusters smaller, allowing for full phenolic ripening of the skins, vital for top notch Pinotage.

Hand-picked, destemmed and hand-sorted. Open top concrete fermenters, with manual punch downs for 3 days at 28°C followed by malolactic fermentation and aging for 19 months in 225L French Oak, 50% new, 50% second fill. Unfined and unfiltered.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Pinotage

Classification: N/A

Orientation: South-West exposure

Appellation: Simonsberg

Gradient: 15 degrees slope, 200 masl

Soil: Shale

Farming Practices: Bush vine trained

Residual Sugar: 2.7 g/L

Alcohol: 14.5

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 5.3 g/L

Other Practices: Sustainable