Onyx Pinotage 2005 Front Label
Onyx Pinotage 2005 Front Label

Onyx Pinotage 2005

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    Winemaker Notes

    Aromas of vanilla pod, small red berries and a slight hint of banana makes up the complex and concentrated nose. A full bodied wine, with underlying complexity and tannin, which only presents itself with time. Enjoy form 2009 to 2015.

    The wine was aged for 24 months in new 300 liter barrels- 70% French, 20% Hungarian, and 10% American Oak.

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    Onyx, South Africa
    Darling Cellars is situated on the cool west coast of South Africa, near Darling, about one hour's drive from Cape Town and about 8 miles from the coast.

    Today, Darling Cellars receives grapes from about twenty growers located primarily in the premium vineyard of Groenkloof. This area is characterized with deep, granite and Hutton based soils with predominantly bush vine plantings producing wines of great depth and complexity. The cool and temperate West Coast climate lends itself to a variety of different micro- and mesoclimates which, along with the different soil types, lead to unique grapes which are made into becoming even more unique wines. Having 99% of all vineyards in dry land with roughly the same percentage bush vine, the growing conditions are particularly unique.

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    With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

    Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

    South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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    PDXNJCT36_2005 Item# 98896

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