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Pinotage

Southern Right is re-defining Pinotage with this intense classically styled, clay-grown wine, packed with complex berry fruit, beautiful tannins and subtle wood spice. Full ripeness and the longer hang-time afforded by cooler sites, combined with the complex, more classic fruit aromas and structure resulting from clay-rich soil, make this wine a highly individual expression of South Africa’s unique grape variety.

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Latest vintage available online via Port2Port.

  • Soil: Low-vigour, stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil

 

  • Alcohol: 13.90
  • Acid: 5.10 g/l
  • ph: 3.60
  • Residual sugar: 1.46 g/l

 

  • Barrel ageing: 9 months

 

  • Wooding: 28% 228 litre french oak barrels, 72% 400 litre french oak barrels
  • Tight grain: 100%

 

  • 1st fill: 15%
  • 2nd fill: 15%
  • 3rd fill: 19%
  • 4th fill: 51%

 

  • Blonde Toast: 50%
  • Medium Long Toast: 47%

 

  • French coopers: Francois Freres 28%, Mercurey 53%, Saury 19%

 

  • Yield: 13.20 hl/ha 2.10tons/ha
  • Production: 1 152 cases of 12 bottles equivalent

 

  • Fruit Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 30%, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 44%, Walker Bay 26%

 

  • Vegan Friendly

 

  • Release date: January 2020
Growing Season

Exceptional quality and record low yields characterise 2019. Sauvignon blanc yields were 52% down and Pinotage yields were 65% down. And the Sauvignon blanc ripened a little unevenly and unusually early. The Pinotage was particularly concentrated without being too dense or heavy. The Sauvignon blanc has a beautiful vinosity and saline minerality and true to Southern Right is not too fruit-driven. Once again it shows a tight mineral centre with viscous edges. Overall the vintage was a cooler than 2017 and even 2018, with an average maximum temperature for Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar of 24.5 Centigrade (versus an equivalent long term average for Burgundy of 24.8 Centigrade). Rainfall was lower than average for Spring and during harvest, but occurred in frequent small amounts causing sustained high humidity. Fortunately our organic treatments proved highly effective against the resulting downy and powdery mildew threat. And the day after harvest finished, the serious rains began – some luck at least! We had the highest March rainfall in 21 years. Record low production and some challenges, but the 2019’s have a deep, concentrated, refined beauty.

93 Points, Tim Atkin MW

I might be getting older, but is this really the 25th vintage of the Southern Right Pinotage? If so, it's one of the best yet.

93 Points, Dr Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog, USA

The 2019 Southern Right Pinotage is a sensational wine by Anthony Hamilton-Russell. Stony terroir combines with shades of blood orange zest, bright guava and smoke on the nose. The palate is dense and plush with layers of pretty red fruits with rose water, smoked brisket and minerals. The light salinity and veil of freshness combine with the core of fruits, adding to the drinking experience. Outstanding for its balance, viscosity, texture, range and length, the 2019 Southern Right Pinotage will cellar well for at least another decade.