Spioenkop Pinotage 2018

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NOTES: Blackberries, Black Cherry, Cassis Fig Mint Cinnamon, Cloves, Violets, Graphite Apricot Leather, Potpurri

BODY: Medium




ALCOHOL (%): 14.27

ORIGIN: Cape South Coast (Hermanus, Elgin, Walker Bay & More), South Africa

MAKER: Spioenkop


  • Pinotage

FERMENTATION: Biodynamic Heavy Wood


DECANTING: > 1 hour

ASIAN FOOD PAIRING: Lamb kebab, Torched teriyaki beef cubes, Yakitori

WESTERN FOOD PAIRING: Steak and Red Meats, portobello mushroom burger


Spioenkop Pinotage

Dark-ruby and purple colour. The nose offers an intense introduction of graphite minerals and violet florals, before opening up to generous red forest fruit. On the palate, flavours of wild raspberries, fresh red cherries. This is a medium-bodied elegant style of Pinotage with a nice dense, pure and wonderful acidity. A nice satin texture finishes this wine which can be drunk up to 15 years.

The winery is located in the almost crater-like Elgin Valley, surrounded by a craggy fringe of mountains. The vineyard is never below 200m above sea level and its environment's architecture funnels a cool breeze from the Atlantic a few kilometres away. The vines grow in steep west facing slopes with sandstone, shale and light clay soils. Due to the climate and steep inclines in the valley, there is a good flow of rainwater through the soils and shales, which are characterised by fossils and mineral deposits.

The vines are planted close together within each row to encourage low yields, and Koen's philosophy is that: “Competition with their neighbours helps the vines to stay healthy and results in wines that have a deep colour and matching complexity.”