Southern Right Pinotage
Clear, ruby red of moderate intensity. On the nose, clean and pronounced spice and red-black fruit lead the bouquet. More progressive fruit than was evidenced on the nose. Red cherries and plums remain the prominent fruit flavors. Moderate and well-integrated tannins. Long in the mouth, the finish fades for a prolonged period with a lifted perfume of red fruit and spice lingering.
$34.00 / Bottle $408.00 / Case
Southern Right is a small Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc specialist located on a strikingly beautiful 448 ha property in the cool, maritime, Hemel-en-aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. Founded by Anthony Hamilton Russell in 1994, Southern Right's aim was to produce a serious, age-worthy Pinotage combining a distinct South African fruit and flavor expression with classic styling and refinement. it is Anthony's belief that as an early ripening grape, Pinotage is best suited to cooler areas. It was also his conviction that the stony, high clay content, shale-derived soils on the sites he chose for the vineyards, were best suited to creating the more classic style he was aiming for.
In August 2005, when the 448 ha farm on the western border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards became available, Anthony entered a partnership with top businessmen and wine enthusiasts, Mark Willcox and Mikki Xayiya, to acquire the unique property as a permanent home for Southern Right. The Southern Right Cellar was completed in time for the 2009 harvest. The wines are named after the rare Southern Right whales, which frequent the cool South Atlantic Walker Bay, 3 kilometres from the vineyards.
This Pinotage is a blend of 92.1% Pinotage, 1.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.6% Mourvedre and 3.5% Roobernet. After hand harvesting, the grapes were gently crushed prior to fermentation in steel tanks. After a secondary maolactic fermentation had finished in steel, this wine was then passed into French oak casks for 9 months prior to bottling and release.