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Rhebokskloof Pinotage 2011

ID No: 115144
Country:South Africa
Region:Paarl Valley
Winery:Rhebokskloof
Grape Type:Pinotage
Vintage:2011
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Product Description

Balling: 26°B at harvest
Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel tanks on the skins
with regular pump overs. Pressed at 8°B
Oaking: 60% new French oak barrels and 40% 2nd fill barrels.
Aging: Matured in oak for 14 months.


This wine shows complex, dark fruit flavors with notes of blackberry, prunes and hints of soft oak spices. The ripe, rounded tannins fill the palate and nuances of dried fruit flavours linger on the aftertaste

Winery: Rhebokskloof

The Rhebokskloof Estate

Rhebokskloof dates back to 19 August 1692, when Simon van der Stel, then governor of the Cape, awarded a free grant of land to Dirk van Schalkwyk. The initial large piece of land was divided into six different farms between the First and Second World Wars, and sold off.
The original farm was only reclaimed in 1986, when new owners bought back the other five farms. An early dwelling on the farm built around 1692 has since been restored as the main homestead. A later dwelling is dated 1797, and is built in the traditional Cape Dutch style, and has also been restored to its former splendor.
Rhebokskloof’s current owners bought the estate in 2006.

The Rhebokskloof Cellar and the Winemaker

Rhebokskloof’s winemaker, Rolanie Lotz, studied cellar technology at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch and joined Rhebokskloof in 2007 after being winemaker at Simonsvlei for four years. Her career highlight thus far has been winning a gold medal and fifth place overall for Rhebokskloof 2007 Black Marble Syrah at the 2010 Syrah du Monde wine competition in France. Rolanie’s passion for Shiraz and her unique winemaking skills is reflected in our award-winning wines.

Rhebokskloof’s cellar makes use of traditional techniques when creating wine, forgoing extensive technology for time-trusted approaches that yields exceptional wine. During the pump-over process in harvest time, some of the grapes are pressed by hand.
The cellar is focused on biodiversity and creates an eco-friendly culture through initiatives like using ‘tree-free’ wine labels. Rhebokskloof is the first South African wine estate to use labels made from 100% renewable sugar cane fibre that are completely wood-free.

The Rhebokskloof Vineyards

Karin Louw is Rhebokskloof’s viticulturist. She studied cellar technology at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch and then gained experience abroad, working in France and New Zealand. She has been working at Rhebokskloof since 2007, first as assistant winemaker and since 2010 as viticulturist. One of her career highlights at Rhebokskloof was being instrumental in the vineyard replanting program on the estate.

 

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