False Bay ‘Bush Vine’ Pinotage, Coastal Region, South Africa 2019



False Bay Vineyards pride themselves on their unfaltering commitment to quality. These are sustainable certified wines bottled in South Africa and naturally crafted from mature and often old vineyards that, crucially, are naturally in balance. This means that, unusually at this price point, the grapes from these coastal gems can be transformed into wine with an absolute minimum of intervention. False Bay Vineyards is proud to be a WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Biodiversity Champion and certified by WIETA (Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association).

All of the grapes stem from a single vineyard of unirrigated bush vines in Stellenbosch. The attraction to this mature (planted in 1996), coastal, bush vine vineyard was the cooler temperatures and small, naturally balanced and concentrated berries. The grapes are hand harvested, fermented spontaneously with wild yeast and then raised in large wooden casks.

In the words of the producer “False Bay Bush Vine Pinotage is not from irrigated, over cropped vines shackled to wires in horrifically hot and stressed-out vineyards. The wine is from coastal, dry-farmed bush vines which have had time to adapt and find their happy place.”

Plummy aromas are accompanied with a faint hint of barbecued meat. The palate is full and rich with slightly rustic yet moreish tannins and an impressively long finish.

Perfect with a pork belly dish or barbecued meats, boerwurst, game or good old-fashioned sausage and mash.

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