The Collector’s Reserve wines from Durbanville Hills come elegantly labelled with a work of art by Cape Town artist Theo Vorster. Theo is a specialist at lino cutting and has conjured up some amusing works for the range. This one reminiscent of a gentle stroll on the Sea Point Promenade, in these unimaginable times, we are able only to imagine a walk there with the cold Atlantic breezes blowing through your hair.
The grapes for the Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Promenade Pinotage 2017 were harvested off a single 17 year old vineyard on the Western slopes which receive the afternoon sun. The soils there are a mix of the yellow Clovelly and red Hutton soils with a good clay content for water retention. Once in the cellar the bunches are destemmed, and the grapes sorted before the juice was allowed to settle out overnight. Some 10% to 15% of the juice is run off, what the French call Saignée [bleeding], which allows for a great skin to juice ratio, adding more colour and flavour to the final wine. Fermentation took place with regular pump overs and compressed air oxygenating the wine which helps gentle extraction of flavour, colour and soft tannins. Once pressed the wine was taken to a combination of new and second fill French oak barrels to mature for 14 months. The wine was then prepared for bottling by the Winery’s red wine specialist Wilhelm Coetzee.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is elegant and fun. In the glass, the wine is an opaque bloodplum at the heart which pales out to a purple tinged ruby at the edges. The nose of ripe fresh squashed sappy berries with an undertow of dark chocolate and steamed fruit pudding spices. The palate is wonderful rich, generous and full. And soft. A flood of bright fruit, oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla, gentle velvet glove tannins all blend into a long and deeply satisfying aftertaste. An impressive glass. The wine is eminently drinkable now and will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Promenade Pinotage 2017 is a superb food partner. It has great oomph, so will take happily to delicious winter beef and lamb casseroles. Dianne Bibby’s North African Lamb Knuckle Bredie is a riff on the traditional Cape one, as a result of the addition of white beans, spices and ginger. Click HERE for her recipe.
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