Vondeling Bowwood Pinotage 2019

WINE ORIGIN | Voor-Paardeberg

AV 14.34 | RS 2.8 | TA 6 | PH 3.63

WINEMAKER | Matthew Copeland

The small, North-South facing vineyard planted in clay-rich gravel soil is exposed to morning and late afternoon sun, delivering a low yield of tiny berries, concentrated in flavour. Grapes were hand-picked in early February at 25°B. Each bunch was pre-chilled before being destemmed and berry-sorted. Berries were fermented whole in open-top fermenters and punched down rigorously for five days before being basket-pressed directly to new and second-fill 300L American Oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was further matured on yeast and malolactic lees for 14 months. The finest eight barrels were selected, blended, and returned to barrel for another six months. Finally, the wine spent four months in a stainless-steel tank, then bottled to rest for a year before release.

Opaque in colour with dark hues of purple and red, it delivers an intense blackberry and cherry bouquet interlaced with sweet cloves and subtle vanilla oak. Bold fruit and subtle spice aromatics persist on the palate with undertones of roasted almonds and cigar. The palate is broad and rich with soft acidity and abundant, finely textured tannin. Luxurious, full-flavoured and modern wine.

Beautifully poised and elegant…