Monday, May 21, 2012

KWV The Mentors Stellenbosch Pinotage 2010 88 Points

Medium clear, ruby red with purple rim, medium concentration, medium plus viscosity.

Clean, aromatic perfume, high intensity of ripe plums, strawberry jam and red fruits of the forest, dark earth note, stony, preserved meat, animal note, almonds pips, excellent purity of fruit, delicate mocha and ganache note.

Dry with medium acidity, lots of dark cherry fruit on texture, fresh, elegant, softly extracted red berries, savory, alcohol though high (14) are totally integrated, ripe medium tannin grip, juicy, medium plus lenght, long complexity.

Pinotage sourced from 2 wards of Stellenbosch, namely Simonsberg and Bottelary Hills, with low yields of 5.5 t/ha, harvested in february.

16 months in a combination of 300 litre barrels of which 70% were new and 85% is French oak and 15% American oak.

Total production of 5000 bottles

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