The Lanzerac Pinotage 2012 was sourced from three different vineyard blocks, D10 and D8 from Lanzerac in Jonkershoek Valley and a bush vine block from Amperbo in Bottelary. The Lanzerac blocks were 16 years (D10) and 4 years (D8) old respectively in 2012 and covers an area of 4.38 hectares. The yield for the 2012 vintage was 4 tons/hectare. The two Lanzerac blocks sits an attitude of 400-420 meters above sea level with mainly deep red decomposed granite soils.
All pruning and harvesting were done by hand to ensure that only healthy and fully ripe grapes reached the cellar. Harvesting for the 2012 Pinotage was done from middle to late February.
Upon arrival at the cellar, the grape bunches were hand sorted before destemmend, the loose berries undergone a further hand sorting before it is lightly crushed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. Regular pump-over (every 4 hours) were done in the first part of the fermentation in order to extract colour and flavour. The Pinotage skins were pressed at round 5° Balling in order for the free run wine and pressed wine to complete their fermentation separately in tank. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrels. A selection of new, 2nd fill and 3rd fill French oak barrels were used to matured the Pinotage for at least 15 months. Regular rackings resulted in excellent integration between wood, fruit and tannins.
Cellarmaster’s Comments The 2012 Pinotage have an excellent deep colour, with ripe berries and plums on the nose and palate with a good mouth-feel and lignering aftertaste. With 5 to 10 years’ maturation, it will start to acquire the valvet density and luxurious chocolate and caramel flavours of its very early Lanzerac predecessors. The 2012 Pinotage is a full-bodied, complex wine with a beautiful fruit/wood balance and a good tannin structure that will allow it to age extremely well. The wine is good for Malay curries, bobotie and venison.