Wildekrans Pinotage Walker Bay Barrel Select 2001

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    Wildekrans, South Africa
    Wildekrans was purchased in the 1970's and set up as a mixed farming operation of wheat, cattle, sheep, fruit and wine and table grapes. In 1989 Dr Bruce Elkin gave up the city life and private dental practice for the fresh country air and moved to Wildekrans.

    After trying many different crops, it became obvious that Wildekrans was an ideal spot to grow grapes. The prevailing south-easter and long, dry summers kept the grapes dry and free from fungal diseases. The lean harsh soils produced grapes with small berries that resulted in flavourful wines with the Wildekrans' cool climate aromatic profile.

    Today Wildekrans consists of 50 hectares of grapes all planted in a clay rich subsoil mixed with a top soil of stone and sand which ensures well structured subtle white wines with great acidity and balance and full, rich, earthy red wines with silky tannins. Add to this the meticulous cellar care (sensible management and cellar design) as well as excellent vineyard care (early morning harvesting, closeness of cellar to vineyards, canopy management and strict yield control) it is inevitable that great wines will be produced. Only grapes planted and raised on Wildekrans under the watchful eye of a specialist vineyard team are selected for the cellar then the best of the best wines are selected to be bottled under the Wildekrans label.

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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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    CVI749895_2001 Item# 59647

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