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Cloof Inkspot Red Wine

Cloof Inkspot

South Africa
REGION
Darling
SIZE
75cl
ABV
14%
VINTAGE
2016
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Grape Varieties: 45% Pinotage, 21% Shiraz, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cinsaut
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TASTE
A wine of inky concentration, with rich plum and cassis aromas, a super- juicy feel in the mouth, and notes of spice and tobacco to add lift.

FOOD PAIRING 
Beef, Game (deer, venison), Poultry

PRODUCER
If the coastal areas of Constantia and Stellenbosch resemble temperate French wine regions, Darling’s fierce climate has more in common with Spain. Gnarled bush vines push their roots down eight metres into the soil in search of moisture, while the summer sun impels the grapes to concentrated ripeness. This is not white wine territory, but the results for reds are brilliant: heady blends of fruit and savoury flavours, firm ripe tannins, and fresh acidity preserved by the cool night-time temperatures. Cloof is an exemplary ambassador for this exciting region, both for the quality of its wines and its overall approach: the winery has just earned the coveted ‘Biodiversity Champion’ title for its commitment to preserving the local environment.

VINEYARD
In Darling’s deep clay soils, the roots of the vines burrow to depths of more than eight metres in search of moisture. The combination of low- yielding, dryland bush vines and cooling breezes off the Atlantic Ocean result in grapes with deeply concentrated flavours.

WINERY
The Pinotage had three days of cold soak at 10°C, then was inoculated and fermented for four days on the skins at 30°C before being pressed off. The remainder of the grapes were all directly inoculated with yeast. This was followed by a seven-day fermentation at 30°C and a ten-day maceration for the Shiraz and Cabernet, an eight-day fermentation at 26°C for the Cinsault. Following malolactic fermentation in tanks, the Shiraz and Cinsault matured for fifteen months in tank while the Pinotage and Cabernet were matured for fifteen months in French oak.

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 14%
Awards
Closure Screw Cap
Size 75cl
Grape Variety Pinotage Blend
Vintage 2016
Location
Country South Africa
Region Darling
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