2018 Lievland 'Bushvine' Pinotage, Paarl, South Africa (750 ml)

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The grapes (85% Pinotage, 8% Grenache, 4% Syrah and 3% Cinsault) were hand-picked into small lug boxes in the cool early mornings of February 2018 after which they were taken to the winery for destemming, crushing, and chilling. After two days of cold maceration, fermentation commenced with pump-overs three times daily. Due to Pinotage (a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault) having a naturally thick skin and a correspondingly high phenolic content, the wine was separated from the skins immediately after fermentation and racked directly to barrel for 13 months aging, all in French oak (15% new ) before being bottled in June 2019 with a light filtration.

This is a reemergence of Pinotage in a modern, elegant style with a deep garnet robe. The nose shows dark cherry, savory herbs and a hint of smoked meat, but on the palate is lush black cherries, pomegranate, a touch of menthol, and a long finish. Try it slightly chilled!

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