From the classy, take-me-seriously bottle with its elegant label, featuring a delicate drawing of a remarkable canine companion, to the multiple awards proclaiming its status, it is obvious that Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage is a wine to take note of. This wine shows what we are trying to accomplish with our elegant style of premium Pinotage. A local Hero.
Wine Name: Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage
Varietal(s): 100% Pinotage
Soil: Oakleaf, Klapmuts
Trellising: Bush vines
Colour: Deep dark middle.
Bouquet: Rich blackcurrant and black cherry fruit upfront combines well with the elegant cedar oak aromas.
Tasting notes: A big structured Pinotage with intense dark fruit flavours. A deep middle leads to a smooth finish with pleasant chocolate/cedar aromas from the French oak. Great balance between fruit and oak will allow superb ageing in the bottle for 10 years and more. The ideal match to spicy Indian dishes or a well matured rump/sirloin steak.
Vintage Notes: Good rainfalls and ideal cold weather conditions during winter ensured good nutrient storage and led to sufficient underground water levels for the growing season. 2015 was one of the earliest vintage in decades. Warm weather in August resulted in early bud break, after which a warm dry summer kept the vineyard growth under control and accelerated ripening by 10 – 14 days. The dry season resulted in one of the healthiest vintage in years with no losses due to diseases and rot at Beyerskloof. This is one of the best Vintage for Stellenbosch and Beyerskloof in decades, so look out for 2015 wines in 2 years’ time!
Winemaking: 5 days in open casks with punch downs every 2 hours. Average fermentation temperature was 27˚C. After Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine matured in 100% new French oak barrels for 20 months. After maturation, only 20 barrels were selected out of 300.
Total Acidity: 6.0 g/l
Total SO2: 92 mg/l
Residual Sugar: 2.1 g/l
Age of Vines: 20 years