Rijk’s Touch of Oak Pinotage 2017
Deep red colour. Intense nose of cranberry and mulberry, with underlying cherry aromas and vanilla spice. There’s a gentle presence of oak on the nose and smooth palate. The lively and fruit-forward complex palate is supported by layers of smooth tannins. Refined flavour characteristics is rounded off by a lingering presence of oak in the persistent finish.
100% pinotage. The grapes were harvest by hand at night, from a vineyard with low-yielding vines. Cold maceration for 2 days prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. Extraction during fermentation took place by pumping the juice over the skins 3 times per day. Skins were gently pressed before fermented dry. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. Matured for 18 months in 25% 2nd fill, 50% 3rd fill and 25% 4th fill French oak barrels.