Franschhoek Cellar "Stone Bridge" Pinotage 2015 75cl

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Country South Africa
Region South Africa Western Cape
Brand Franschhoek
Grape Variety Pinotage
Size 75cl
ABV 14.0%
Closure Type screwcap
Vintage 2015
Maturity Drinking well already but may be cellared for up to five years from vintage
Food Match Serve with roast lamb, gammon steaks or spicy sausages.
Style Smooth and juicy
Built in 1825, the scenic Franschhoek mountain pass boasts the oldest stone bridge still in use in South Africa. The South African own unique variety, pinotage, is a fitting tribute to this historic landmark.

This fruit-driven Pinotage, which offers "a good, juicy glass of wine," according to winemaker Richard Duckitt, was handled very gently in the cellar to preserve its generous aromas of black cherries, clove and raspberry jam. A smooth and juicy palate, redolent with ripe mulberries, and glimmers of tobacco and spice from gentle oaking, is followed by an appealingly savoury finish.

Country Of Origin: South Africa
The Franschhoek Cellar is situated at the gateway to Franschhoek � a romantic village known for its French Huguenot heritage - in one of the most scenic wine valleys in the world.

The wine estate was built in 1920 by the legendary John Winshaw, founder of Stellenbosch Farmers� Winery, but became the property of the Castle Wine and Brandy Company in 1930 when Winshaw�s winemaking business faltered in the great depression.

In 1945, a group of local farmers of the Franschhoek Co-op Wine Cellar started selling their wines under the brands of Franschhoek Cellar, Franschhoek Vineyards, and La Cotte. When construction of the winery completed in 1947, the co-operative cellar eventually bought the derelict Castle Wine and Brandy Company building as a storage facility, transforming it into a tasting venue and eatery in 1985.

In 1995, the co-op became Franschhoek Cellars, an independent company with 32 shareholders, and was purchased by DGB in 2008.

The vineyards for this wine were planted on varied soil types that lend specific nuances and characters to each block of grapes, contributing to the complexity of the wine.

Gentle maceration to extract only refined and silky tannins and optimal colour was followed by French oak maturation for eight to 12 months, to help smooth out the wine and allow seamless integration.

Country Of Origin: South Africa

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