Amani Pinotage 2011
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Carmen Stevens
Main Variety : Pinotage
Alcohol : 14.5 %vol
pH : 3.42
RS : 4.0 g/l
Total Acid : 6.7 g/l
Volatile Acidity : 0.76 g/l
SO2 : 85 mg/l
Free SO2 : 29 mg/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry


Tasting Notes
The Amani Pinotage 2011 shows a deep crimson red colour. The nose is very complex opening-up to ripe berries, spicy pepper, lime and a salty - mineral aspect which then unfolds into violets. Palate entrance is fresh flowing into a peppery impression with ripe tannins, berries and spearmint on the finish. The wine shows good balance of fruit, oak usage, acid and alcohol. The sweet mid-palate and concentration of fruit lends length to the after taste.
Ageing Potential
After a stringent berry sorting the berries was transferred to stainless steel tanks. 50% of the fruit was fermented as whole berries to attain a berry fruit expression. The different batches was fermented with a selected yeast culture also in aid of pure fruit. The Pinotage was then transferred to French barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation.

Maturation: The wine matured for 10 months in French oak barrels of which 16% was New French oak. After blending the wine was put back in barrel for a further 3 months for better integration of the components.
Blend Information
88.9% Pinotage, 5.5% Shiraz, 5.5% Viognier
In The Vineyard
Location : Polkadraai Hills, Stellenbosch.
Origin: Western Cape
Soil type: Clay/ Shale, Fernwood and Longlands
About The Harvest
Hand picked 24.5 - 25.5°B from 9 year old vines.
Yield: 7 tons/ha

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