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VS Neil Ellis Pinotage

VS Neil Ellis Pinotage

South Africa
REGION
Stellenbosch
SIZE
750ml
ABV
14%
VINTAGE
2014
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Grape Varieties: 100% Pinotage
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TASTE
Pristine red fruit, plum and cherry aromas with subtle hints of tobacco lead to a generous yet neatly balanced palate that sets a new standard for poise in Pinotage.

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

PRODUCER
Few South African winemakers have done more to champion elegance and terroir than Neil Ellis. His winemaking career spans four decades, and he bottled the first wines under the Neil Ellis label in 1986. Since 2006 he has been joined by his son Warren, who looks after both winemaking and viticulture. The philosophy has always been to seek out ideal vineyard sites for the different grape varieties on offer, and to tend those vineyards with the utmost care for the environment.

VINEYARD
The majority of the Jonkershoek Valley is a nature reserve well known for its fynbos, trails and waterfalls but it is the mouth of the valley that is known for its distinctive conditions best suited for grape growing. The forty hectares of vines on the Oude Nektar farm were planted during an ongoing replanting program that started in 1990 introducing the latest soil preparation techniques and best plant material. The south facing slopes are significantly cooler than the surrounding area of Stellenbosch and a howling south-easterly wind during the summer months cools down the vineyards considerably, minimising vine disease and holding down yields. The soils are mostly deep, red clay soils. Vineyard altitudes range from 190 to 550 metres above sea level.

WINERY
The wine began fermentation in stainless steel tanks, with both pump- overs and punch-downs for extraction, and was then racked to barrels to complete alcoholic fermentation and go through malolactic. It then matured for seventeen months in French oak, with forty percent new wood.

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 14%
Awards
Closure Cork
Size 750ml
Grape Variety Pinotage
Vintage 2014
Location
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
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