Kaapzicht Skraalhans Pinotage 2020 Stellenbosch


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Enticing aromatics of red cherry, fynbos and spice while the palate is medium rather than light in body with good freshness and fine tannins (alcohol is 13%). It’s elegant but equally not short of vinosity and should have broad appeal. 92/100 CE, Winemag.co.za

A young vine trellised vineyard situated at around 90 to 100-meter altitude on pure washed out granitic soils. Picked early to respect a lighter style with 20% whole bunch, fermented on the skins for three days before being racked off into large old barrels to complete fermentation. Youthful and vibrant, the aromatics are very perfumed and lifted showing wonderfully inviting notes of red cherries, cranberry and red currant. Palate is super soft, fine boned and supple, very cool and precise, showing a delightful light touch extraction. There is layer upon layer of tart red cherry fruit with bright bristling acids that give the mouthfeel incredible energy and mouth-watering freshness with soft powdery tannins and a long, brambly mineral finish with just a subtle hint of flinty reduction. A truly delicious expression.
92+/100 Greg Sherwood MW

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Producer Information: Kaapzicht

Kaapzicht is a family owned and run wine estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa, which is situated on the 34° Latitude South. The name "Kaapzicht" (Cape View) comes from the fantastic view from our hills over Cape Town and Table Mountain. The Steytler family has farmed here since 1946 and the wines are made by Danie Steytler senior and junior, with Danie Steyler snr's brother George overseeing the vineyards.

Kaapzicht is a large property with around 160 of its 190 hectares planted to grapes. They do not irrigate the vineyards artificially and so the vines have pushed their roots deep into the weathered granite soil and bear small amounts of concentrated fruit. There are numerous aspects, with vineyards planted up to 200m above sea level, but soils are predominantly weathered granite.

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