LAIBACH CLASSIC Pinotage 2015


TECHNICAL DETAILS
VARIETAL 100 % Pinotage
ALCOHOL 14,5 %
TOTAL ACIDITY 5,8 g/l
pH 3,5
RESIDUAL SUGAR 1,3 g/l
TASTING NOTES

A new release of an old time favourite. We proudly present the Laibach Pinotage 2015 “black label”. This wine is made from an organic farmed 2.7 ha bush vine vineyard block, nearly 15 years old. The vintage 2015 was an absolute classic vintage for red wines in the famous Stellenbosch appellation. The Simonsberg slopes are home to some of the best Pinotage ever made in South – Africa. Not only do we have absolutely perfect “terroir” for our South – African indigenous grape, we also share our winemaking knowledge with each other. We at Laibach prefer to make a Pinotage with more of the classic Pinot Noir characteristics than most other wineries. We want to make red wines not black wines and for us drinkability and elegance is absolutely essential. We usually pick first week in February but the 2015 vintage was a bit earlier. Handpicked by a small group of dedicated staff the grapes arrived in small 500 kg bins. We do make careful sorting include a certain percentage of whole bunches to add freshness to the final product. Some cold soak before fermentation to add complexity and to enhance colour stability. The wine is fermented naturally in small 5 ton open top fermentation tanks with regular manual punch downs to extract colour, fruit and flavour. Total skin contact time will be 5–7 days. After malolactic fermentation in stainless the wine is racked and moved to 100% French oak barrels, made and aged specially in Burgundy. The wine spent 12 months in oak and usually has around 20% new oak in the final blend. The wine is bottled with a filtration. Lovely dark red colour. On the nose lots of fruits with herbs, spice and mulberry aromas evident. The palate is complex with beautiful balance between wood, acid and aromas. A wine that reminds you of a world Class Pinot Noir on steroids. An elegant monster with enough complexity to keep 6 – 10 years after harvest. Although this wine is already very accessible we would like you to resist the temptation and surely see a world class Pinotage develop.