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Primary Notes: Blackberries, Black Cherry Fig Mint
Tertiary Notes: Smoke/Ash
Tannin: Medium +
Origin & Awards
Origin: Tulbagh valley, South Africa
Fermentation: Heavy Wood
Serving Temperature: Best enjoyed at 16-18 Degrees
Asian Food Pairing: Wagyu beef with a tinge of onion puree, Roast suckling pig
Western Food Pairing: Roast Game, Tomahawk, Venison
Rijk's Reserve Pinotage 2015
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit – full bodied. Special Reserve selection from 15 of the finest barrels.Intense and deep dark colour. Complex and multi-layered red fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry and cranberry on the nose. These expressive aromas carry through onto a rich creamy palate, lingering long after. Silky, well integrated and elegant tannins show the perfect harmony and balance. Superb fine dining wine.
A 48 hour cold maceration period was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. Extraction during fermentation took place by doing manual punch downs 3 times per day. Skins were gently pressed before fermented dry. MLF took place in barrels, after which it was matured for 22 months in 60% new and 40% 2nd fill French oak barrels. Bottled, laid to rest and aged till released.
TIP!: To be served at 17°C. Decanted two hours before drinking.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
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Some of the best Pinotage from South Africa come from Rijk's in Tulbagh. Intense and inky, with complex and multi-layered red fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry and cranberry on the nose. These expressive aromas carry through onto a rich creamy palate. Silky, well-integrated and elegant tannins show the perfect harmony and balance. This is a superb fine dining wine. Ready to drink now, but even better in time and can mature for more than 12 years from vintage if cellared correctly. Optimal drinking window: 2020 - 2026.