Spice Route Pinotage
A burst of ripe plum and raspberry on the nose with sweet spice and hints of beetroot. Fresh red fruit continue onto the palate and refined tannins add age-worthy structure to the wine. Medium bodied with sweet and smoky cherry tobacco on the finish.
$30.00 / Bottle $360.00 / Case
In 1997, Charles Back, having established Fairview as one of South Africa’s most commercially successful and popular wine estates, bought a farm called Klein Amoskuil near Malmesbury in the Swartland region north-west of Paarl, then rather better known for its wheat than its wine. In just two years he transformed the place.
The fruit for the Spice Route Pinotage is sourced from a block at the Rheeboksfontein vineyards in the Swartland. The vines are grown on deep red Oakleaf soils. This vineyard has continued to provide exceptional quality fruit, and has been used since the inception of the Spice Route label. The vineyard is trellised and is dryland farmed and typically provides Pinotage with rich dark fruit flavors.
The ripe Pinotage bunches were fermented in 5 ton open concrete fermentation vats, at the winery's cellar outside Malmesbury. The cap was manually punched down twice daily, extracting deep color and flavor. The wine was pressed off and transferred to
American oak barrels, with full malolactic fermentation allowed in barrel. The wine was then matured for 16 months in American oak barrels, 50% new barrels were used, with the remainder being 2nd to 4th fill.