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Francois van Niekerk Pinotage 2020

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 96 Points
Organic:Yes
Vintage:2020
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Dense purple hues, with evocative aromas of black cherries, ripe plums, nectarines, boysenberry, wild bramble and exotic oak spice. The juicy and sweet-fruited palate entry, combined with crunchy tannins, lures one into a sense of overtness, yet the wine is sublimely elegant and poised. The complex layers of fruit is in perfect harmony with the oak, all bound together by a lively seam of acidity. The finish is pleasantly dry and savory, with lingering notes of Christmas cake and vanilla pod.


Pair with barbequed meats, especially venison and beef / bobotie / lamb curry / seared tuna / spicy Asian-styled cuisine / aromatic curries / duck with sweet plum sauce / beef or lamb burgers / pizza


Review:

"A full-bodied and brooding wine. Precisely balanced with red cherries, blueberries, coffee, and chocolate with silky tannins and refreshing sour cherry acidity. Serious pedigree here."
- Decanter WWA 2021, 96 points and Gold Medal


Winery: Francois Van Niekerk Wines

The grapes for the Francois van Niekerk Pinotage are sourced from two very special, but distinctly different vineyards sites:

50% from the Agter Paarl region – produces a big, heavily-structured wine.
50% from the Wellington region - lends a soft and rounded red-fruit tone to the final blend.

Each of these dryland vineyard have their roots in heavily textured shale soils, and are vinified separately before being blended together.

Both vineyards produce a low yield of 6 - 7 tons per hectare. The perfectly formed bush vines allow optimal sunlight on the grape clusters, resulting in even ripening.


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