Spioenkop Wines1900 Stellenbosch Pinotage 2019

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Spioenkop Wines1900 Stellenbosch Pinotage 2019

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Pinotage 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Spioenkop Wines

Tasting notes - A fruit-driven style of Pinotage, with a generous array of red cherry, violet, grenadine and strawberry underpinned by freshly picked black plum, graphite, black olives and spice. Elegant and smooth with a stony freshness and a satisfying, satin-textured finish.

Spioenkop Wines1900 Stellenbosch Pinotage 2019

A light and fruit-driven Pinotage, with generous notes of
red cherry, violet, grenadine and strawberry, underpinned
by plum and a stony freshness. Smooth and elegant.
Producer Note
Koen Roose became the founder, owner, winemaker and viticulturist all in one when he
purchased Spioenkop in 2000. A former engineering student, he instead followed his
passion for wine and became a qualified sommelier. Having worked vintages in
Burgundy and South Africa, he nurtured his dream of creating a vineyard in the coolclimate region of Elgin. Planted in 2007, the dream became reality, with Koen following
a philosophy of dry farming, with low intervention and free from artificial fertilisers,
pesticides and herbicides. The farm is named after the Battle of Spioenkop in 1900,
during the Anglo-Boer War. As a history enthusiast, Roose kept the name, and fittingly,
Spioenkop is now creating its own history producing award-winning wines and has
been awarded First Growth status by Tim Atkin MW in 2020 and 2021.
Vintage
A mild winter brought heavy rains, helping to offset the years of drought seen in recent
years. Warm conditions led to early budbreak, however a cold snap meant it was
uneven. Spring oscillated between cold and warm temperatures, combined with windy
conditions. Early summer was warm and steady, with hot spells which enabled the
vines to develop. Good ripening conditions resulted in high sugar and acidity levels
bringing about excellent wine quality for the 2019 vintage.
Vineyard
The grapes come from the Bottelary Hills ward of Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape.
The westerly facing vineyard is located at 300 metres’ elevation and is planted on
granite and sandstone soils which offer free-draining properties. The climate is generally
hot and dry; however maritime influences from False Bay to the south provide
moderating sea-breezes, which help to keep the vineyards healthy and impart
balancing freshness to the grapes. Pinotage, South Africa’s signature grape variety, is a
crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, (the latter was previously known as
Hermitage in South Africa) from which it takes its name. The VSP trained vines have an
average age of 18 years and are planted on rootstock R99. The hand-picked grapes
are collected in small 18 kilogram crates when ripe, to protect the quality of the fruit.
Winemaking
The grapes were cooled overnight to 3°C, before being partly destemmed. 20% of the
fruit was fermented as whole bunches, imparting complexity and structure from the
stem component. A six-day cold soak took place, followed by spontaneous, wild yeast
fermentation from the indigenous yeast present on the grape skins. Following
fermentation, the grape-skins were slowly pressed in a stainless steel basket press.
Natural malolactic conversion took place in selected barrels. The wine was barrel-aged
for 10 months, 55% of which was new wood, and the wine was bottled without fining.
Tasting Note
A fruit-driven style of Pinotage, with a generous array of red cherry, violet, grenadine
and strawberry underpinned by freshly picked black plum, graphite, black olives and
spice. Elegant and smooth with a stony freshness and a satisfying, satin-textured finish.
Grape
Pinotage 100%

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