(Special release, maiden vintage)

VINEYARDS

This wine is made from a small, site specific vineyard, planted in clay soil. The vigour of the vineyard is relatively poor
and the vines are very shy yielding. This allows for tiny berries with concentrated flavour. The North-South orientation
of the block means that the grapes are well exposed to morning and late afternoon sunshine, which is perfect for
intense colour and aromatic development.

Bowwood 2014

VINIFICATION

The grapes are hand-picked in early February with a ripeness of 25 Balling. Each bunch is prechilled before being destemmed and berry sorted. The berries are not crushed, but are fermented whole. This allows for a gradual extraction of tannins and colour, which promotes finesse, balance and longevity. The berries are fermented in open top fermenters, which provide easy access for the winemaker to assess and manipulate the fermentation. The wine is punched down (mixed) rigorously for 5 days until just before dry and then basket pressed directly to second fill, 300L American oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel, which promotes harmony and seamless integration of the oak flavours. The wine is further matured on the yeast and malolactic lees for 14 months. At this point the finest 5 barrels are selected, blended and returned to barrel for an additional 8 months. Finally, the wine is kept for 4 months in a stainlesssteel tank to promote stability and clarification, before it is bottled and laid to rest for a full year before it is released.

FURTHER REMARKS

The Bowwood Pinotage is produced to rival the very best wines of the world and special attention is given to how the wine will mature over time. This maiden vintage will benefit greatly from additional cellaring to expose the true depth of the wine.

TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING

The has a very deep red/purple colour. It has a mildly savoury nose with nuances of softly roasted black olives, wild honeyed fynbos, bold red berry fruit, spicy coconut, dark plums and vanilla. The palate is pure and rich with great fruit intensity, vibrant acidity and abundant finely textured tannin. A full flavoured modern wine with international finesse.

Accolades

Platter’s 2017 - 4,5 Stars
Michelangelo Awards 2017 - Gold

Analysis

pH 3.46
Total Acidity 6.2 g/l
Residual Sugar 2.1 g/l
Alcohol 14 %

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Price: R335.00

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