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Spier 21 Gables Pinotage

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21 Gables is the top shelf label from Spier that celebrates South African winemaking history that dates back to 1692! This pinotage (a hybrid of pinot noir and cinsaut) is quite a full-bodied wine that has seen some generous oak and shows lots of choc-coated dark berries on the nose, along with hints of spice and cherry jam. The palate is fulsome and rich, with licka of toasted cedar, a slight grip to the fine tannins, and a plush finish. This will cop some time in the cellar, but would be equally good tonight with some roasted red meats.

Winemaker's Notes

From dry land vineyards on the False Bay side of Stellenbosch. Foliage management manipulated berry skin thickness to ultimately impact on colour extraction. 

Grapes were hand harvested to minimize damage to the berries. Grapes were chilled before bunch sorting. After de-stemming, the berries were hand sorted to remove raisins, pink berries and large berries. Cold soaking preceded temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks and open-top French oak vats. Free run wine was drained to a combination of 1st and 2nd fill French, American and Hungarian oak barrels and matured for 18 months.

Appearance: Dark red wine with vibrant red hue.

Nose: Flavours of caramelised black cherries, hints of dark spice and dark chocolate.

Palate: The palate follows with a smooth entry rewarding with fruit and velvety tannins that balance the wine for a full palate experience.

Food: Serve with mature beef, venison, lamb and ostrich dishes with berry jus or strong cheese.

Cellaring: Barrel selections were made to create this balanced, cool climate Pinotage with great complexity and ageing potential.

Alcohol: 14.5%

GI: South Africa: Dry land vineyards on the False Bay side of Stellenbosch.

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