Our Lagare Cape Vintage ads a unique and exiting element to the versatility of Pinotage. A lush, strong and fruity-sweet fortified wine with great flavour and character. A lovely wine to relax with and sip slowly.
Wine Name: Beyerskloof Lagare Cape Vintage
Varietal(s): 100% Pinotage
Soil: Hutton and Kroonstad
Trellising: 5 wire hedge
Colour: Pitch black with a Burgundy rim.
Bouquet: The obvious spirit alcohol gives way to vibrant plum, dried fruit and spicy nut aromas on the nose.
Tasting notes: Strong upfront fruit with intense and solid core of black fruit, hints of plum pudding and liqourice, good acidity and balance. Unique, not typical port-like, rather exotic.
Vintage Notes: Plenty of rain and sufficient cold units during the winter ensured good nutrient and underground water levels for the growing season. This resulted in very even budding. As a result of some late cold fronts during August, followed by cool and wet weather during the early growing season, initial growth was slow. This cold spell was followed by ideal growing climate and a mild December/January provided ideal ripening conditions for the first Pinotage grapes. Although some rain fell during early January, the month of February saw dry and hot conditions speeding up the ripening process. A cooler March ensured ideal ripeness of the later varietals. Overall, although this season could be characterized as one of the wettest in years, it resulted in a vintage that produced a good crops size with exceptional quality grapes in the Stellenbosch area.
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested by hand and colour extraction was done by stomping for two days by foot in the open air fermenters (Lagare in Portuguese). Fortification was done with pot distilled Pinotage brandy spirits to obtain good alcohol levels and a subtle sweetness that leave the palette dry. Aged for 14 months in old barrels/Stainless steel tanks and bottled unfiltered.