Grangehurst "350" Pinotage 2009
This "350" is a limited edition Pinotage from Jeremy at Grangehurst, to celebrate 350 years of winemaking in South Africa (1659-2009).
Jeremy sources his Pinotage grapes from his neighbour Kautzenburg, also on the Heldeberg which is the best site for red grapes in Stellenbosch due to a combination of altitude and the cooling breezes off False Bay. Neighbours of note include Ernie Els, Rust en Vrede and Eikendaal, all producing good reds.
The wine was aged for 35 months in French oak and left to fine naturally via gravity. The wine was also bottled by hand via a gravity feed.
Grangehurst 350 Pinotage 2009 is a spaecial one off limited edition wine to celebrate 350 years of winemaking in the Cape.
Hand picked fruit from a special vineyard (Kautzenburg on the Heldeberg) was destemmed and crushed. The free run juice was blended with the pressed juice for more tannin, then fermented in open top fermenters with regular punch downs 6 times a day. Then racked to French oak for 35 months. The pinotage was blended with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, a technique Jeremy always employs with his Pinotage.
|Winery status||Tiny family winery|
|Annual production||2204 bottles & 250 magnums|
|Grapes||Pinotage and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Style||Big and smooth|
|Sulphite level||Very Low|