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PINOTAGE

From the maiden release in 2001, this benchmark wine has redefined South Africa’s own red grape variety, Pinotage, with its classic, refined styling and unique complex character. This is a wine unlike anything else, intense, rich and savoury with a beautiful underlying minerality.

Select Vintage:

Latest vintage available online via Port2Port.

Soil:

Low-vigour, stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil

Alcohol:

14.1%

Acid:

5.80 g/l

pH:

3.50

Residual Sugar:

1.80 g/l


Barrel Maturation:

100%

Barrel Ageing:

10 Months in 400 litre barrels, 4.5 months in 2000 litre barrels

Malolactic:

100%

1st fill:

40%

2nd fill:

60%


Wooding:

100% 400 and 2000 litre French Oak Barrels

Tight Grain:

100%


French Coopers: Francois Freres

100%


Fruit Origin:

100% Hemel-en-Aarde Valley


Production:

225 cases of 12 bottles equivalent

Growing Season

The 2015 was an extraordinary vintage – unlike anything we have experienced before. It started a full 2 weeks early and finished over a period of 4 weeks (on February 20th) instead of our customary 7 weeks. The grapes were extremely healthy with thick skins and an unusually low juice content and the resulting wines are fuller and more sumptuous and concentrated than the 2013’s and 2014’s. Full ripeness was achieved surprisingly quickly and this happened despite the average maximum temperatures for the crucial months of Dec, Jan, Feb and Mar being lower at 24.95 Centigrade than our long term average of 25
Centigrade. This makes 2015 cooler than the celebrated 2013, 2012 and 2009. Another previously unexperienced feature of 2015 was the very high yeast conversion rates of grape sugars to alcohol. This was an industry wide feature and 2015’s, to be phenolically ripe, needed higher alcohol levels. A much drier and slightly warmer Spring than usual, in part accounts for the early harvest, combined with a drier and slightly warmer than average January. The harvest period had just over half of the average rainfall for the period. Greater sunlight intensity in the build-up to harvest also sped things up. 2015 was the first
organic harvest (with some biodynamic features) for us and we have been thrilled with the results in our wines. We simply feel much better about what we do and we have been brought even closer to our all important vineyards. A logistically challenging but excellent vintage

91 Points - Neal Martin

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

90 James Suckling

A very floral and fresh wine with sliced-cherry and strawberry character on the nose. Medium body, light tannins, and a crisp finish. Linear and cool.

Jonathan Ray, Spectator

We enjoyed the 2015 Ashbourne between courses and every bottle was drained. It was fresh and elegant with a fine minerality and a touch of savoury meatiness behind the rich, ripe fruit. In fact, it tasted more like a fine old red burgundy than anything else and – crikey – it was good! Only 2,500 bottles were made and canny collectors have already got their eyes on it.