PRIMO PINOTAGE 2016
Deep dark red colour in the glass. Complex aromas of blueberries, cinnamon and dark chocolate. A brooding palate that brims with plums, savoury notes and dark berry flavours. Elegant tannins leading to a fresh finish that shows great ageing potential.
the bunches were hand-picked, destalked and hand-sorted to remove raisins and green stems. Fermentation took place in open-top French oak fermenters (foudre) and manual punch downs (pigeage) were done twice a day. Once alcoholic fermentation was completed, the wine was basket pressed and transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, with 60% of the barrels being new oak. In total, the wine spent 20 months maturing in oak barrels.
The Dreyer family has farmed on this land since 1705. Willie, the present generation Dreyer farmer, has an intimate knowledge of dry land farming. Unirrigated bush vines battle through large, flat, grey shale stone. The roots must claw their way deep beneath the rock in search of moisture and nutrients.
Primo Pinotage was harvested from a bushvine site located on the Fairview farm. The vines grow under dryland conditions in a deep duplex soil (well drained sand and clay) with a laterite subsoil that offers high water retention capacity. The vineyards were planted in 1998 with 1.2m spacing between the vines. The vines are carefully suckered in summer (removing unnecessary shoots) and the crop was reduced to one or two bunches per shoot, depending on the vigour of each vine. This resulted in a balanced crop to achieve concentration of flavour and texture in the wine.