The Winery Of Good Hope Full Berry Fermentation Pinotage (2020)



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“Two remarkable old vineyards were chosen for this interesting example of Pinotage. The first planted on the slopes of Klapmutskop outside Stellenbosch brings ripe full and fleshy fruit notes. The second vineyard comes from the Voor Paardeberg where the sandy granite soils produce wine with lovely tension and superb texture.” Alc: 13%, TA: 4.9 g/L, pH: 3.76, RS: 1.4 g/L

In the vineyard

We work with two vineyards for this Pinotage, one based in Northern Stellenbosch and the other in Voor Paardeberg, approaching 20 years old, respectively. The former on sandy and very heavily decomposed quartz and granite soils, the latter on weathered, granite derived soils. Overall, the Cape achieved a larger crop in 2020 compared to that of the last few vintages. Cool weather in December and January meant for slow and even ripening.

In the cellar

Grapes were destemmed (but not crushed) and transferred to stainless steel tank, dropped in using gravity, so all the berries stayed whole to carry out carbonic maceration. Our priority is always on developing elegance and fruitiness and avoiding bitterness and harsh tannins for which Pinotage is notorious. We also wanted to retain the underlying spicy minerality from the local soils. Spontaneous, wild fermentation occurred inside the unbroken skins of the berries, with the effect of minimal skin contact. This coaxes out the gentler, more textural nature of Pinotage.

Pairing suggestions

Salmon, fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes