KWV The Mentors Pinotage 750ml
Platinum - SAWi Awards 2017
Double Gold - Veritas Wine Awards 2013
Gold - International Wine and Spirits Competition 2013
Runner Up - Absa Top 10 2013
Silver - Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards 2013
This wine reflects the true varietal characteristics of a modern-styled Pinotage, with an abundance of blackcurrants and plums, and hints of fruit cake and cloves on the nose. The intense concentration on the palate shows sweet fruit and well-integrated oak. The silky-smooth tannins contribute to the wine’s juicy, round and seamless finish.
In the cellar: A three-step selection process ensured only the best quality fruit was chosen for fermentation. Selective picking in the vineyard, followed by both bunch and berry selection on the sorting table in the KWV The Mentors cellar, is strictly followed. The cuvée was inoculated after two days of cold soaking. Fermentation took place at 26oC over six days of which 30% of the wine was fermented in barrel. The wine was pressed before alcoholic fermentation was completed, to prevent the extraction of hard and dry tannins. The wine matured in barrel for 18 months.
Maturation: The wine was matured for 18 months in oak barrels - 90% of French origin and 10% American. A 70% portion of the barrels was first-fill.