Pinotage Petit Verdot 2017 – Veritas Silver Medal

R200.00 VAT Inclusive

Winemakers Comments

This is a stylish medium-bodied wine that highlights the beauty of South Africa’s very own Cape Blend:  an elegant Pinotage cultivar, married to 33% of our own Petit Verdot. Ripe fruit for depth of flavour balanced with good acidity and integrated ripe tannins. The wine has a dense dark colour and flavours of dark fruit and vanilla.

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History

Lovane, located in Stellenbosch, is the smallest commercial wine estate in South Africa. Established in 2003, our first wines were bottled in 2006. The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Our estate wines are made in the old traditional style – all grapes are picked and sorted by hand. The farm is owned by the Visser family, Theresa, Hennie and their twin daughters Andrea and Natalie. Our wine is made with curiosity, passion and love.

Winemakers Comments

This is a stylish medium-bodied wine that highlights the beauty of South Africa’s very own Cape Blend:  an elegant Pinotage cultivar (67%), married to 33% of our own Petit Verdot. Ripe fruit for depth of flavour balanced with good acidity and integrated ripe tannins. The wine has a dense dark colour and flavours of dark fruit and vanilla.

Maturation Potential

The wine is ready to drink now, but will mature well for a further 5 to 7 years.

The Winemaking

The Pinotage grapes were harvested by in the middle of February. The Petit Verdot was harvested by hand during the middle of March.  After destalking and crushing, the must was fermented in open fermenters at 25̊C to 28̊C. The juice was separated from the skins after 10 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was racked and blended into a combination of new, second and third fill French Oak barrels for a period of 24 months.

Chemical Analysis

Alcohol: 15%
Residual Sugar: 2.3 g/l
Total Acidity: 5.4 g/l
pH: 3.7

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