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2013 Hagelsberg Pinotage
Middelvlei Estate

This wine is made from Pinotage, a grape that is unique to South Africa and is derived from the noble Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (formerly called Hermitage) varieties.

The Pinotage vines on Middelvlei were planted in 1962, 1979 and 1997 covering a total of 23.90 hectare.  The vineyards face west and are situated at an atitude of 160m above sea-level.  The vines, grown as bush vines, are severely pruned to inhibit their prolific growth.

The conditions for the healthy growth and ripening of the grapes during the growing season (September - December) were ideal.  The rainfall during the winter before the vintage, as well as the growing season, was average.  The annual rainfall was 820mm for the 2012/2013 season compared to the long-term annual rainfall of 700mm.

Harvesting took place during March 2013 at an average sugar level of 25.5¢X Balling.  In the cellar the juice was fermented on the skins for 4 days in open cement tanks at 24¢XC.  It was racked off the skins at 3.5¢X Balling and then underwent secondary malolactic fermentation which was completed in April 2013.


Winemaker¡¦s Comments
This light, unwooded wine is suitable for early drinking.  With its sweet fruit flavours of raspberry and mulberr, this wine can be enjoyed with red meat dishes and is equally enjoyable on its own.

Wine Analysis
Nature: Dry red wine
Grapes: 100% Pinotage
Alcohol: 13.18%

750ml per bottle


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