Pinotage, Du Plevaux, Western Cape, South Africa 2015/16
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Pinotage – hand-harvested – rootstock cultivators
The team at Du Plevaux produce a range of single variety wines that showcase the unique terroirs of the Western Cape. At harvest time, only the best grapes are hand-harvested on the first pass through the vineyard and it is this fruit that is used solely in the production of these flagship wines. What further sets the Du Plevaux wines apart is that they are one of the few producers who also cultivate rootstock, not only for their own use but for the whole of the South African wine industry.
Their Pinotage possesses a big structure, displaying rich dark plum notes followed by a palate dominated by coffee, chocolate and blackberries. A minimal five months in barrels ensure that the wine is fresh, rounded and fruit-driven rather than overly oaky. It is sure to act as the perfect partner to game dishes – particularly venison.