Meerendal Heritage Block Single Vineyard Pinotage Tasting Notes
MEERENDAL HERITAGE BLOCK SINGLE VINEYARD PINOTAGE
CLIMATE: Mediterranean climate with warm, dry, summers with a unique pattern of cool winds. Winters are cold and wet with an annual rainfall on the estate of a mere 550mm. .
SOIL: Tukulu and Glenrosa.
VINIFICATION: Grapes were handpicked at 25 °Balling from a yield of 3 Ton/ha.
These grapes come from bush vines that have been planted in 1955.Fermented in open cement tanks taking five tons each. Punch down was done 6 times per day. Matured for 16 months in new small French oak barrels. It has Single Vineyard status.
ANALYSIS: Alcohol: 14.74 % vol.
Residual sugar: 3.2 g/l.
Total acidity: 5.8 g/l.
DESCRIPTION: Very deep, almost opaque purple color with a bluish tinge. Spicy red and black fruit aromas supported by strong bramble type characters on initial nose. Prune, plum and ripe dark cherry follow with a backing of rich fruit cake, spice and sweet vanilla. Big, full well rounded mouth with satin smooth flow across the palate yet distinct but supple tannin undertone. Beautifully integrated oak. Already showing good complexity but has lots more development to come. Great balance with classy elegance. Very attractive now but will well repay some patient bottle maturation over next half dozen years.
FOOD SUGGESTION: The perfect wine for game fish, all red meats and cheese.