Swartland Winery Founders Western Cape Pinotage 2019

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Swartland Winery Founders Western Cape Pinotage 2019

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Pinotage 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Swartland Winery

Tasting notes - This soft easy drinking wine with its fresh black and red berries, has hints vanilla and cloves on the nose. Oozing with red berries, black spice and well-rounded tannins on the palate, it is balanced with a lingering finish.

Swartland Winery Founders Western Cape Pinotage 2019

This full flavoured and soft wine with its chunky black
and red berries, has aromas of smoky vanilla and cloves
together with sweet spice.

Producer Note
Big open skies, arid deserts, the vast flowing landscape, with its unforgiving climate
and rugged bush vines, this is wild country, this is Swartland. The contrast with
manicured Constantia and oh-so-cool Stellenbosch couldn't be greater. But right
now, Swartland is the most exciting wine region in South Africa. A new wave of
winemakers are making ground-breaking wines from Rhône varietals and it is part of
a revolution that has got everybody talking. The Swartland Winery is producing iconic
and award winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region, so we have joined
forces with them to create a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has
been masterfully blended for the UK palate. We think something this good, is
definitely worth talking about!

The 2019 vintage was characterised by extreme drought, which brought about very
little disease pressure in the vineyard, thus ensuring very healthy grapes and low
yields. This contributed to complex and concentrated flavour profiles in the 2019

The Swartland name originates from a description of the indigenous "renosterbos" or
rhino bush, which appears to turn black, ("Swart" in Afrikaans), during the summer
months. This hot, dry climate has an average temperature range of 25°C to 35°C
and an annual rainfall of 450 mm and 600mm, but the altitude of these vineyards
creates a cool oasis in this arid landscape. Minimal intervention and environmentally
friendly farming practices are paramount. Sowing cover crops between the vines
provides protection from the winter rains and also maintains the valuable mineral
content, nutrients and moisture during the hot summers. 80% of the vineyards are
small bush vines with an average yield of six tonnes per hectare; the quality of fruit is
exceptional. The soil types vary, but Malmesbury Shale dominates, with small
patches of granite and Table Mountain sandstone.

The grapes were harvested at optimal phenolic ripeness. Fermentation took place
on the skins with regular pump overs and aeration at controlled temperatures of
between 24 and 26°C. Extended skin contact was applied after alcoholic
fermentation was completed, to extract the depth of colour, flavour and structure
desired. This wine was made without oak influence to allow the varietal Pinotage
character to be expressed.

Tasting Note
This soft, full-flavoured wine with its chunky black and red berries has subtle aromas
of smoky vanilla and cloves together with sweet spice. Beautifully balanced with a
rounded texture and a long finish.

Pinotage 100%

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