PINOTAGE TASTING NOTES
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
SOIL: Tukulu and Glenrosa.
VINIFICATION: Grapes were handpicked at 23.5 °Balling from a yield of 12 Ton/Ha. These grapes come from two vineyards, including bush vines that have been planted in 1955.Fermented in traditional open tanks taking 5 tons of grapes each. Punch down was done 6 times per day. Matured for 12 months in small French oak barrels (50% new and 50% second fill).
ANALYSIS: Alcohol: 13.99 % vol.
Residual sugar: 2.2 g/l.
Total acidity: 5.6 g/l.
DESCRIPTION: The wine has a deep dark ruby color with sweet fruit and some spice and dark chocolate on the nose. It displays juicy red and black berry flavors on the palate with soft tannins. It has a classic dry elegant finish.
SERVING SUGGESTION: The ideal wine for roast chicken, creamy pastas, venison, and steaks. For something different, serve slightly chilled with fish like tuna.
Meerendal Wine Estate has been making Pinotage since the early 1950’s while the first bottling of Meerendal Pinotage was in 1969.