DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage 2005
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Daniel de Waal
Main Variety : Pinotage
Alcohol : 14.5 %vol
pH : 3.71
RS : 3.3 g/l
Total Acid : 5.8 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Huge
Taste : Fruity


Accolades
Six previous vintages (1996, 1997, 2000 - 2003) have been worthy of this honour and all vintages entered have received the ABSA Top 10 Pinotage award. The Top-of-the-Hill Pinotage wines also boast with 4½ and 5 stars in John Platter’s Wine Guide, was awarded WINE magazine Pinotage Champion and received Double gold at the Veritas Awards. Daniël de Waal received the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year award for the 2001 DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage.
Tasting Notes
Ink dark wine with intense flavours of rich black plum fruit, cigars, dark chocolate and spiciness.

The Top-of-the-Hill Pinotage is made from an almost 60-year old single vineyard and only in those years that Daniel de Waal deems it of exceptional quality.
Ageing Potential
10 - 15 years
Blend Information
100% Pinotage
In The Vineyard
Location of vineyard: On warmer north facing slopes
Soil type: Gravel & loam
Age of vineyard: 55-60 years
Rootstock: R99
Method of trellising: Bushvines
About The Harvest
Sugar level at harvest: 24.5º Balling
Yield per hectare: 3.5 tons/ha
In The Cellar
Length of Fermentation & Mceration: 14 days
Cellar Barrel Maturation: 21 months 225 litre Frenc barriques (100% new)
Bottling Date: June 2007

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