Swartland Bush Vines Pinotage 2015
£80.32 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - South Africa
Region - Western Cape
Grape Varieties - Pinotage 100%
Alcohol by volume - 14%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Swartland Winery
Tasting notes - Forthcoming and complex aromas of spice, white pepper, violet and an earthy smokiness are complemented by red berry fruit. Classically made in a traditional style, this is beautifully balanced, full and complex with firm tannins and well-integrated oak.
Secure Card Payments
Specialist Fragile Delivery Service
Temperature Controlled Storage for Exquisite Taste
Intriguing red cherry and smoked meaty aromas are followed by a spicy, long and balanced flavour. A lovely expression of Swartland style.
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 2015 vintage was memorable for being of the driest and earliest vintages in many years. The Swartland region’s crop delivered a lower yield than average years, but the smaller and more concentrated berries resulted in remarkable quality.
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. 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.
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. An 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.
Forthcoming and complex aromas of spice, white pepper, violet and an earthy smokiness are complemented by red berry fruit. Classically made in a traditional style, this is beautifully balanced, full and complex with firm tannins and wellintegrated oak.
Enjoy with richly flavoured meat dishes, crisp pork belly or a rich mushroom risotto.
- Bottle Size
- Case Size
- 6 Bottles
- Western Cape
No customer reviews for the moment.