Gadda da Vida

Limestone Rocks

Winemaking

Pinotage clone PI 48 A, planted in 1999 on the Northen slopes of a Limenstone Ridge close to the Atlantic Ocean and exposed to constant winds and extreme cold at night. This Pinotage has much smaller bunches and berries than typical of any Pinotage crop grown elsewhere. Petit Verdot, clone PR 400 D also grown on the Limesone Ridge. The grapes were selected and harvested by hand to ensure only the best quality fruit was brought into the cellar. After de-stemming grapes were cold-macerated for 6 days and fermented in open new American oak and French oak barriques. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeast with frequent light punch downs overnight for 10 days to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins. Vinification in new small barriques ensured better integration between oak and grape tannins and extracted delicate varietal aromas. After fermentation the wine was pressed off skins, barrel heads fitted back on before refilling with the same wine. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel before maturation for 22 months.

Springfontein Wine Estate (Pty)Ltd, PO Box 71, Stanford 7210, Reg. No. 1996/006494/07  VAT No. 402 016 0323
Telephone: 028 341 0651 |  Fax: 028 341 0112 |  Dr. Johst Weber, Director (CEO), Tariro Masayiti – General Manager/ Winemaker