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Producer: Boutinot South AfricaGrape Varieties: 100% PinotageOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Fruity easy drinking redAlcohol by Volume: 14.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: South Africa
The driving force behind Boutinot South Africa is their passion for discovery and desire to capture the real essence of South Africa in every bottle. It was the simple love of Loire Chenin Blanc that first led them to South Africa in 1994, where they pioneered the ‘wild yeast’ ferment style that has now been adopted by many producers in this region. Since then they have been exploring the land for amazing vineyards to make fabulous wines from specific sites and plots that scream location, location, location!
Their winemaking team is headed up by Marinda Kruger-van Eck, who confesses “We put as much, if not more, thought and effort into making our ‘entry level’ wines as our more premium ones”. The key is knowing the characteristics of each plot, understanding the benefits each grape can bring, and using this information to break rules and push boundaries. “I use a combination of my knowledge and love of nature and science to create versatile, expressive and food-friendly wines from this fascinating country”.
The vineyards for this fruity yet elegant Pinotage is cultivated in the Swartland area with its rich Granite and Shale soils. Harvested at optimum ripeness to ensure fruit driven notes and soft tannins the grapes are crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at 17-22 degrees C. Pump-over takes place twice daily to wet the cap and aerate the fermenting wine and once daily at the end of fermentation not to extract to much tannins. Wine is fermented down to 5 g/litre residual sugar and pressed before being pumped back into stainless steel tanks. This ensures soft tannins and no-over extraction of any harsh tannins. Malo-lactic fermentation follows and the wine is kept on the lees until bottling to ensure great mouth feel.
Young, bright, fruit driven Pinotage with dark black spice.
Marinated lamb, chargrilled aubergine or portobello mushrooms
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