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Pinotage 2020
Beeslaar Wines
Region: Stellenbosch
Country:South Africa
Awards

92-Wine Enthusiast; 95-Winemag.co.za
Tasting Notes

Intense nose of bramble, dark chocolate, ripe strawberry, black cherry and currant. The flavours follow through on the palate, along with black plum, spice box and a lick of vanilla. The palate is round and voluptuous, with silky tannins and well-integrated acidity. Full-bodied and structured, it can be enjoyed now with backyard BBQ or rack of lamb, but would reward midterm cellaring.
Varieties

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.
Region

Located 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.
Vineyard

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.
Winemaking

Hand-harvested estate fruit is sorted, then pressed into open top concrete containers, where the juice macerates for 3 days, with manual punchdowns every 2 hours. The wine is then transferred into small French oak barriques from mature forests for 20 months of aging before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Pinotage

Classification: N/A

Orientation: South-West exposure

Appellation: Simonsberg

Gradient: 200 masl

Soil: Shale, Oakleaf and decomposed granite

Farming Practices: Sustainable, bush vine trained

Residual Sugar: 2.60 g/l

Alcohol: 14.83

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 5.7 g/l

Other Practices: Sustainable