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Franschhoek Cellar
The Stone Bridge Pinotage

100% Pinotage


The Franschhoek Mountain pass boasts Jan Joubert’s Gat bridge. Built in 1825, this is South Africa’s oldest stone bridge that still in use and makes the most magnificent picnic spot immersed in the full splendour of our magnificent valley. As South Africa’s unique variety, our Pinotage is a worthy tribute to this historic landmark.

 

Tasting Notes

Dark garnet with a bright purple rim. Generous aromas of black cherries, clove and raspberry leading to a smooth and juicy palate with redolent ripe mulberries and glimmers of spice from gentle oaking. Finishes with appealing length and savouriness.

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Viticultural Practices

Vine age: 9-15 years.
Climate: 2012 vintage in Franschhoek had a long slow ripening period that allowed for great colour and flavour formation.
Soils: The vineyards are planted on varied soil types that lend specific nuances and characters to each block of grapes contributing to the complexity of the wine.
Trellis: VSP
Harvest: Harvested by hand in late February and early March.
Yield: 8-10 tons/hectare

 

Winemaking

Gentle maceration to extract only refined and silky tannins and optimal colour, followed by French oak maturation for 8 – 12 months to help smooth out the wine and allow seamless integration.

Winemaker Richard Duckitt
Alcohol 14.26%
pH 3.66
Residual Sugar 4.4 g/l
Total Acid 5.34g/l
Origin Coastal
Type Red Wine

Food Pairing

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Best served between 16°C and 18°C for easy social drinking with or without food. Great with spicy sausages, roast lamb, smoked chicken or gammon steaks. Drinking well already, but may be cellared for up to 5 years from vintage.

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