Stellenbosch Vineyards, Credo Pinotage 2021
Stellenbosch Vineyards are a leading producer and exporter, based in Stellenbosch; they have received a huge amount of international and domestic acclaim for their range of wines.
They operate as a negociant, sourcing their grapes from only the best locations across the Western Cape.
Grapes are harvested from 26 year old bushvines that are exposed to ocean breezes from the cold False Bay. These cold breezes serve to promote small berry formation and slow ripening – both of which promote complexity of flavour.
Expect an abundance of red fruit, including cherry and prune, some delicious spice and big ripe tannin.
Credo is Latin for “I Believe”. This distinctive Pinotage defines our winemakers’ belief: To create an elegant, ever graceful and rewarding wine comparable with the world’s best.
This 26-year-old bushvine vineyard is situated in the Helderberg basin. Facing the False Bay Ocean, the cool breeze from the ocean promotes small berry formation with slow and even ripening of the grapes.
Soil: Decomposed granite
Proximity to ocean: 7 km
Annual rainfall: 450mm
Handpicked in the early morning, the grapes were sorted by hand and de-stemmed. Cold soaked for 72 hours and inoculated with a pure yeast culture the juice was cool fermented for 21 days. A small hand one ton basket press was used to press the grapes. Maturation was done for 18 months in small French Oak barrels. A barrel selection was done after maturation with only the best eight barrels chosen for the Credo Pinotage 2021.
The Credo Pinotage shows great depth of colour, with a vibrant red hue. On the nose you will find an abundance of red fruit, cherry and prune aromas with a base of spicy aromas and forest floor character. A rewarding palate of big and ripe tannins with rich fruit flavours.
Ready to be enjoyed now with a maturation potential of 10 to 15 years.
Excellent served with robust red meat or game dishes. For a vegetarian alternative, serve with mushroom based dishes or a strong cheese.
SUITABILITY FOR VEGETARIANS OR VEGANS
Suitable for vegetarians but not for vegans.
Alcohol: 13.73 % by volume
Residual sugar: 2.6 g/l
Total acidity: 5.6 g/l
Delicious with a range of robust red meat or venison dishes.
Also delicious with a hearty mushroom based dish.