The Crossover Pinotage
The Crossover is made from the fruit of well – manicured and settled bush vines. These grapes were harvested by hand in early February into small crates. The crates were carefully brought into the cellar crate by crate.
The Pinotage is expressive of fruit rather than oak, showing real finesse and velvety palate with well – integrated tannins. The nose is dominated by sweet spice and whole berries. Tremendous fullness, massive supple structure which fills the entire mouth, voluptuous velvety tannins that make the tongue feel gracefully coated. Full bodied yet refined. A long and enchanting finish leaves one wanting more.
Coq au vin, roast duck, red meat or veal.
Harvesting & Fermentation:
From early January staff are employed in the vineyard block, armed with drums, slingshots and any other deterrent, to prevent our local baboon troop from eating the small concentrated bunches for breakfast. Unfortunately, some nightly visits by these unwanted visitors to savor some of the irresistible fruit are unavoidable.
Fermentation took place in an open fermentation tank with carefully executed punch downs six to twelve times daily. After 8 days of skin contact the grapes were pressed gently and malolactic fermentation took place in 100% new French oak barrels with a total of 16 months maturation.
Peak potential 10 years from vintage.