Cloof Pinotage African Wines

£11.30

The bold, concentrated flavours of this wine are directly attributable to the tiny yield of mature bush vines growing under extreme conditions. Richly textured with notes of smoke, blackberry, plum with some spiciness and elegant oaky notes.

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Features
Producer
Cloof
Type of drink
Red Wine
Size
75cl
Ingredients
100% Pinotage
Country
South Africa
Production
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Alcohol
14%
Vintage
2017
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Camille Berry is the in-house Sommelier for The Artisan Winery. Food and wine writer Camille Berry began her career as a sommelier, working for a variety of esteemed restaurants including Hakkasan San Francisco, and Chef Charlie Palmer's Burritt Room + Tavern, where she oversaw the wine program. She has helped develop dynamic wine lists, cocktail programmes, spoken on panels, and worked as a wine educator.

During the course of her career, Camille has earned various wine accreditations including the WSET Level 3 Advanced Award in wines, Certified Sommelier, from the Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators, and continues to educate herself further in the world of wine. She has twice competed in the Western Regionals for TopNewSomm: a professional sommelier competition for under-30s and in the Chaine de Rotisseurs' Best Young Sommelier Competition. As a writer, she shares her passion and know-how within the food and beverage sphere through her articles. Camille contributes to publications such as Food and Wine, Prevention, Experience Life, and Taste of Home, in addition to various wine and food-focused websites. She also works as a wine consultant, recipe developer, and copywriter for several world-renowned wineries.

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If the coastal areas of Constantia and Stellenbosch resemble temperate French wine regions, Darling’s fierce climate has more in common with Spain. Gnarled bush vines push their roots down eight metres into the soil in search of moisture, while the summer sun impels the grapes to concentrated ripeness. This is not white wine territory, but the results for reds are brilliant: heady blends of fruit and savoury flavours, firm ripe tannins, and fresh acidity preserved by the cool night-time temperatures. Cloof is an exemplary ambassador for this exciting region, both for the quality of its wines and its overall approach: the winery has just earned the coveted ‘Biodiversity Champion’ title for its commitment to preserving the local environment.

Vineyard

Tiny yields of mature bush vines growing under extreme conditions provide the grapes for this wine. The vineyards were planted in 1976 and 1987, and the soils are decomposed granite and oakleaf. The exposure is to the east, and the vineyards a mixture of sloped and level. The grapes were harvested at the end of January.

Winery

After a four-day cold soak at 10oC, the must was inoculated and then fermented for a further four days on the skins at 30°C, with twice daily pumpovers before pressing. The wine was aged for twelve months in French oak barrels, a mix of first, second and third-fill, before blending and bottling.

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