Old low yielding vineyards planted in fertile Gamka sandy loam soils are harvested at the beginning of mid-January. Grapes are picked at low sugars to ensure maximum fruit flavours and low alcohols.
The grapes are harvested early morning to ensure cool temperatures. After the grapes are destemmed and crushed and pumped into a separating tank where the juice and skins are separated. The juice flows by gravity into a settling tank and is settled out over night. Clear juice is racked into fermentation tanks the next morning and fermentation is started by adding selected yeast. The juice is fermented at 14 degrees Celsius until dry, where after dark red Pinotage wine is added to colour and some Muscadel juice to sweeten. CO2 gas is sparged into the wine for Perlé just before bottling.
Colour: Blushing light red colour.
Bouquet: Fresh fruit flavours berries and litchi. Soft ripe prunes and tones of muscat.
Taste: Fresh summer fruits of strawberry, black currents and exotic spice.
Food pairing: Great on its own or served with fresh summer salads, charcuterie or light meals. Also makes for an interesting pairing with mild curries.
TA: 6.2 g/l
RS: 42 g/l
Gold @ Gold wine Awards 2018