Beaumont Family Wines, Pinotage 2018
Now in its 26th vintage and once described by Jancis Robinson as one of the best Pinotages she has ever tasted.
Lighter and fresher in style than most Pinotages – more akin to a Pinot Noir than the more frequent style of aggressively extracted Pinotage.
Medium bodied with a perfumed nose of fresh red fruit and a hint of vanilla from delicate oaking. Lovely freshness and supple tannins.
Pinotage was the very first wine made at Beaumont wines and 26 years later we are still passionate Pinotage producers! 80% of the fruit comes from our 47 year old vines providing dryness and structure while the younger portion provides lovely vibrant fruit.
Our style reflects the cooler climate of the Bot River region. Harvested between mid February and mid March the grapes are then crushed into open concrete fermenters. Punched down 3-4 times per day until end of ferment, then pressed and taken to barrel for 18 months and then taken to tank for another 8 months. Fresh red berry fruit with a deliciously drinkable medium body and well integrated tannins.
Earliest vintage ever produced. Very healthy fruit with great purity and balance. Yield was half of a normal vintage.
Grapes were harvested and crushed directly into concrete tanks, followed by an immediate innoculation for a clean fermentation. Controlled temperatures allowed for an optimum extraction period. Regular punch downs were done to assure good colour and tannin structure.
18 months in 100% French oak. 25% new.
Pair with beef, game or poultry