Southern Right Pinotage 2020

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Grapes were harvested in the first weeks of February from vines with an average yield of 3.8 tons per hectare. 34% of the grapes are Swartland fruit grown on decomposed granite soil, the vines are old heritage vines planted in 1973. As a blending component it brings elegance and structure to the wine. 64% is Hemel-en-Aarde fruit (44% upper Hemel-en-Aarde and 20% Hemel-en-Aarde) which is predominately clay soils. It brings the dense body full of dark fruit and spice to the wine. And lastly 2% is from Walkerbay. To showcase the quality of the vineyards they work with, the wine is matured in barrels for only 9 months, in a combination of 228-litre (56%) and 400-litre (44%) French oak barrels. The barrels are predominantly older barrels with only 8% 1st-fill, 8% 2nd-fill, 16% 3rd-fill and 68% 4th-fill. Bottled at 13.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: Opulent with notes of blackberry and plums. Dark spice such as cloves and star anise. Opens up to reveal subtle hints of violets and dried herbs. 

Palate: On entry sweet dark red fruit, plums, blackberry and prunes. Surprisingly elegant mid-palate with hints of sweet spice and a floral element. 

Finish: Refined powdery chalky tannins. The wine finishes with lingering notes of sweet spice and prunes. 

Southern Right, located on the Western border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards in Hemel-en-Aarde, was founded by Anthony Hamilton Russell in 1994. The 448 hectare property specialises in Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are named after the Southern Right whales, which pass through Walker Bay, just a few kilometers from the vineyards. Southern Right is committed to conservation and each bottle of wine sold contributes to their efforts.