Suave and stylish bouquet with aromas of overripe berries, rich plum and blackcurrant with spicy, earthy undertones that signal a Pinotage. Elegant and medium-bodied on the palate with hints of chocolate and a smoky finish. Tannins are supple while providing a solid backbone to this fine example of South Africa’s flagship wine.
$16.00 / Bottle $192.00 / Case
Pinotage is truly a South African creation. Nederburg’s history can be traced back to 1791, when records show the granting of a tract of land to a German immigrant, Philip Wolvaart, in the Paarl Valley who named the farm in honor of his Commissioner General, Sebastian Nederburgh.
Wolvaart’s gabled homestead is a classic example of Cape Dutch architecture that has been painstakingly restored and furnished.
The farm’s winemaking tradition didn’t begin until 1937 when another German immigrant, Johann Georg Graue, took over. Graue believed that winemaking happens largely in the vineyard and he devoted enormous energy and resources to the improvement of his plant material. He was a visionary ahead of his time but set a precedent for Nederburg that still very much holds today. Graue and his son, Arnold, also pioneered the technique of cold fermentation in South Africa.
Since 2001 a new winemaking team has been guiding Nederburg into the next century. The team is led by cellarmaster Romanian Razvan Macici and assisted by Elunda Basson, who produces the red wines and Andrea Freeborough, who makes the whites.
Nederburg’s viticulturists are involved in soil mapping to best match varietals to location, to decide planting density, trellising techniques and irrigation methods. Their Ernita nursery is a state-of-the-art facility where vines and rootstock are carefully nurtured and hand-selected for each vineyard site.
In addition to Nederburg farm in Paarl, grapes come from from a variety of the Cape’s finest vineyards located in cooler-climate areas such as Darling, Durbanville, Philadelphia and Elgin, as well as in other prized areas, such as Simondium and Robertson.
The grapes are vinified in Nederburg’s modern winery using traditional techniques. The wine is matured in 300 liter barrels and large oak vats to impart a sophisticated touch of oak. Serve with hearty braised beef or a creamy gratin.