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Producer: Swartland WineryGrape Varieties: Pinotage 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Medium weight balanced redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: South Africa
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.
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 could not 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, and have created a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has been masterfully blended for the UK palate.
The 2013 vintage in Swartland was characterised by a wet winter and a warm summer. The risk of rot during harvest time was threatened by the humid weather conditions, but the growers who successfully waited for drier conditions have produced quality reds.
The soil types vary from Hutton, Clovelly, Sandy Fernwood, and Kroonstad, 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.
Enjoy with carpaccio, venison and richly flavoured meat dishes.
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