Welmoed Pinotage 2017

The vineyards

The grapes were selected from premium vineyards in the Stellenbosch region. The vines were grown in a cool Mediterranean climate and loamy clay soils.

The winemaking

The grapes were harvested at 24° Balling in early to mid-February. Fermentation took place on its skins for approximately five days at 25° - 28° Celsius within static red fermenters. Skins were pressed off prior to dryness to retain its soft ripe tannins and avoid any unnecessary varietal tannins. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took place in stainless steel tanks with selected medium toast French oak staves for approximately eight months.

Winemaker’s comments

This uniquely South African wine shows aromas of ripe raspberries, black berries and vanilla on the nose. Firm but elegant tannins compliment the juicy dark plum palate.

Maturation potential:  

Ready to be enjoyed now or within the next three years.

Chemical analysis

Alcohol:                                                13.93% by volume

Residual sugar:                                 2.58g/l

Total acidity:                                      5.36 g/l

pH:                                                         3.5

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