Swartland Bush Vines Pinotage 2014


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Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Pinotage 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Swartland Winery

Tasting notes - Intriguing earthy and almost savoury aromas, followed by refreshing red berries and plums. A medium wine with dark berry fruit, well-structured, medium tannins and a beautiful balance. The wine is made in a classic, traditional style with a good balance between oak and fruit.

Awards
Silver, SWA, 2017
Silver, IWSC, 2017

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Intriguing earthy and smoky aromas are followed by a
spicy, long and balanced flavour. A lovely expression of
Swartland style.
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!
Vineyard
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 gravel sub-structure of the
soil promotes good moisture retention, essential in this hot, dry climate.
Winemaking
The grapes came from 100% bush vine vineyards ranging in age between 25 years
to 40 years. The berries were harvested at optimal phenolic ripeness and then
fermented between 24°C to 26°C. Aggressive pump overs and aeration took place
during the first half of the fermentation, which gradually became shorter in frequency
and duration. 0.5 grams per litre oak was added during the fermentation and
extended skin contact was applied after the fermentation. The wine was aged in 1st,
2nd and 3rd fill French oak, medium toasted barrels for 12 months.
Tasting Note
Intriguing earthy and almost savoury aromas, followed by refreshing red berries and
plums. A medium wine with dark berry fruit, well-structured, medium tannins and a
beautiful balance. The wine is made in a classic, traditional style with a good
balance between oak and fruit.
Serving Suggestion
Enjoy with carpaccio, venison and richly flavoured meat dishes.
Grape
Pinotage 100%

Awards
Silver, SWA, 2017
Silver, IWSC, 2017

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Vintage
2014
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Size
6 Bottles
Region
Western Cape

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Swartland Bush Vines Pinotage 2014

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Pinotage 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Swartland Winery

Tasting notes - Intriguing earthy and almost savoury aromas, followed by refreshing red berries and plums. A medium wine with dark berry fruit, well-structured, medium tannins and a beautiful balance. The wine is made in a classic, traditional style with a good balance between oak and fruit.

Awards
Silver, SWA, 2017
Silver, IWSC, 2017

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