Boland Cellar One Formation Pinotage Shiraz Grenache 2015 & Diane Bibby’s Chakalaka Marinated Roast Chicken- 14.06.2017

Boland Cellar One Formation Pinotage Shiraz Grenache 2015

One Formation recently launched range of wines from Boland Cellar is simply raising the bar, yet again.  On the road to premiumisation Boland is showing the most interesting expressions of the vineyards from which they draw their grapes.

The Boland Cellar One Formation Pinotage Shiraz Grenache 2015 is an interesting riff on the traditional Cape Blend, a wine which requires certain percentages of Pinotage to be called thus.

Pinotage in the hands of the harvester

65% of this blend is Pinotage which the cellar draws from the cooler maritime areas of Durbanville and Philadelphia.  The Syrah and Grenache grapes come from predominantly shale and decomposed granite soils the Paardeberg area, a short run from the cellar. These two soils respectively add fruitiness and flinty notes.

Shiraz grapes ripening on the vine

Clever winemaking techniques are used to make full flavours, the grapes were cold soaked before the fermentation process and there was 16 days of cold on skin maceration before the grapes were pressed.  The wine was taken to barrel for malolactic fermentation and then further maturation took place in small second fill French oak barrels.

It looks like
Bottled under natural cork closure in a Burgundy shaped bottle.  In the glass, it is a deeply dark plum which pales out to a purply garnet at the rim.

A frieze of Grenache

It smells like
Generous red and black berry fruits, touch of charcuterie.

It tastes like
There is great harmony here, between entry and the long velvet tannins aftertaste.  Love the fabulous fruit, all sorts of berries and plums and oak spice.  Excellent food wine.

Diane Bibby’s Chakalaka Marinated Roast Chicken

It’s good with
This is a great food wine and loves spicy foods, North African Tagines, spiced sausages, and of course our own lovely bredies with quinces and tomato.  Diane Bibby’s Chakalaka Marinated Roast Chicken is a full flavoured match to this wine.  Click here for her recipe.

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