Olifantsberg Pinotage 2018
Oilfantsberg Pinotage is a delighful red wine to drink with food or on it's own. The addition of 15% Cabernet Sauvignon adds a subtle blackberry character to the sweet spice that comes from the Pinotage. There is a slight hint of oak from the cask ageing but this is done to soften the tannins and it makes this red wine very moorish.
Olifantsberg strive to make wines that reflect their unique location by focussing on hands-on viticulture that yields grapes that demands as little as possible intervention in the cellar. The estate vineyards are mostly dedicated to varieties that they believe can truly thrive under the very harsh conditions they experience. Their unique schist soils, constant winds and elevation combines to produce concentrated fruit that produces elegant, fresh and age-worthy wines.
The vineyards are located on the fertile slopes of the Brandwacht Mountain Range where they endure big diurnal temperature differences and strong winds, at altitudes from 250m to 450 metres above sea level. During the winter the mountain peaks are snow covered, keeping the vines dormant for longer. Cold winters, coupled with the summer winds, ensures the slow ripening of the grapes, helps to maintain healthy vines and contributes freshness and elegance to the wines. The soils in the vineyard comprise a unique schist and slate, which lends structure to the final wine. The Pinotage vines are trellised and are farmed in a sustainable manner.
Natural fermentation took place in open top fermenters, with soft techniques used to extract colour, fruit and tannins. The wine was aged for a further 10 months in French oak foudres and barrels.
Fresh berry notes are complimented by sweet spice and a well balanced palate.
A versatile wine which accompanies charcuterie, barbecued gourmet sausages or a hearty game pie but also matches dishes with spice: chilli con carne, Indian curry or Cajun-spiced blackened fish.
Pinotage 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%
South Africa. Region: Western Cape
Body Value: C (A is light, E is full bodied)
Residual Sugar: 2.5
Contains Sulphites: Yes