Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2019

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Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2019

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Inky mulberry in colour with taut, rich black berry fruit, dusty slate and quince jelly and strawberry confit on the aromatic nose. Vibrant with freshness and tension, showing good varietal character. Elegant expression with firm ripe tannin structure, super voluptuous yet finely balanced and rounded. Wisps of smoke and roasted berries add to the complexity through to the dry, graphite mineral finish. An accomplished wine with great purity.

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Inky mulberry in colour with taut, rich black berry fruit, dusty slate and quince jelly and strawberry confit on the aromatic nose. Vibrant with freshness and tension, showing good varietal character. Elegant expression with firm ripe tannin structure, super voluptuous yet finely balanced and rounded. Wisps of smoke and roasted berries add to the complexity through to the dry, graphite mineral finish. An accomplished wine with great purity.

Grapes were sourced from low-yielding (6 – 8 t/ha) old vines (10 – 20 years old) located on DB Rust’s Swartland farm, Constantia. The soils are deep red Oakleaf and Hutton ensuring excellent water retention and adding structure and fullness to the wines. The vines have been planted in such a way to benefit optimally from the cool Benguela current sea breezes. These breezes cause summer temperatures to range between 20 – 30°C.

Harvesting occurred at optimal ripeness when the grapes were between 25 – 26° Balling. Picking was done in the early morning hours to ensure the grapes arrived cool at the cellar. Dry ice and sulphur were used to protect the grapes from oxidation during transportation. Cold soaking was done for 24 hours before inoculation. Grapes remained on the skins for 24 hours to allow for colour extraction. Fermentation lasted between 4 and 6 days at 22 – 25°C. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in 300L medium toasted Vicard and Taransaud barrels, 20% of which was new and the rest second and third fill. Only The best barrels were selected for the reserve range. The barrels comprised 100% French oak adding more texture to the wine. Barrel maturation lasted for 18 months whereby the wine was racked only once.

The average 2017 harvest temperature was low with exceptionally cold weather conditions. The vineyards generally showed good and balanced growth without being excessive or too vigorous. In most cases, the water supply was sufficient for ripening while the ripening period was cooler and dryer than usual. The grapes reached good acidity and lower pH levels and managed to accumulate sufficient sugar levels. The season was characterised by healthy, full-flavoured grapes.

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SOUTH AFRICAN WINE INDEX AWARDS 2020
Survivor Reserve Pinotage Platinum

OLD MUTUAL TROPHY WINE SHOW 2019
Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2017 Trophy for Best Pinotage, Gold

1 review for Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2019

Saskia Lesch

You will struggle to find a better expression of the Pinotage grape than this wine. The tannin structure is well balanced, the oak is well integrated and the fruit on the wine is fantastic. I highly recommend this wine to anyone

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