The Pinotage vineyards are planted in well-drained blue, broken shale at 250 metres above sea level on the Western slope of the Tygerberg 7 kilometres from, and in sight of, the Atlantic Ocean. Employing
the VSP trellis system, a typical harvest produces 7 to 8 tons per hectare.
The 2019 vintage will be remembered as one that followed the most severe drought in South Africa during 2018. In the second half of 2018, supporting rainfall ensured good soil moisture with cool and moderate ripening and harvesting conditions for 60% of the intake of the 2019 vintage. The 2019 crop was medium sized, resulting in some excellent wines. Grapes were hand-picked just before dawn
The grapes were then crushed and open-fermented while undergoing pneumatic punch-downs four times a day. The wine was basket-pressed and transferred to tanks for malolactic fermentation. On completion of MLF, the wine was racked and transferred to 225 litre barrels to mature for 12 months in a combination of French and American Oak of which 12% was new oak.
Although exceptionally accessible now, the wine will reward ageing for 5 to 8 years.
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2019 Double Gold
The Sommeliers Selection 2019: Reds – Voluptuous & Rich
China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 Gold
IWSC 2018 Gold
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2018 – Best Pinotage Trophy
Tim Atkin SA Report 2017 91 Points