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Stellenrust JJ Handmade Wines Picalot 2006
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Tertius Boshof
Main Variety : Pinotage
Alcohol : 13.67 %vol
pH : 3.39
RS : 2.2 g/l
Total Acid : 6.2 g/l
Volatile Acidity : 0.7 g/l
SO2 : 95 mg/l
Free SO2 : 37 mg/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry


Accolades
2008 IWSC - Silver Medal
2008 Veritas Awards - Silver Medal
 
In 2003 we converted an old dairy into a boutique cellar where winemaking works on a gravity enabled process – the grapes come in at the top of the cellar – get crushed with wooden stomps by the women on the farm. Then it ferments naturally at the top of the cellar, where after it flows down with gravity into the second fermentation tank and then eventually with gravity into the barrels at the bottom of the cellar.

In 2004 Stellenrust put an international trademark on Handmade Wines – meaning wines produced without any machinery and in limited amounts.
Tasting Notes
The JJ Handmade wines range forms part of a special boutique range of wines under the Stellenrust estate label, with the focus on making wines in the age-old French methods with no machinery involved in production - hence the name 'handmade wine' – an exclusive trademark to Stellenrust. The name Picalot refers to the blend: 'Pi' for 42% Pinotage, 'ca' for 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and the 'lot' for 27% Merlot. 

This wine offers has quite a funky character - milky spice, rich plum with cedar and tobacco space. Long finish of succulent ripe fruit.
Blend Information
52% Pinotage, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
Food Suggestions
This Picalot will complement North Indian Curries or other spicy dishes well; the Pinotage evident enough to balance strong food flavours.
In The Vineyard
The vines used for this wine are a combination of Pinotage bushvine from our Bottelary property, and trellised vines from both the Helderberg and Bottelary farm.
About The Harvest
Grapes are picked between 24 to 25º Balling.
In The Cellar
NO crushing of the grapes are allowed. It is inoculated with French yeast strains and allowed to ferment as whole berries with regular punch downs for 10 days on the skin. The wine is then drained from the skins through a gravity drip system to the bottom of the cellar where the barrel room is. Here it finishes malolactic fermentation and ages for about 12 months in 100% French oak, whereafter it is blended and put back into the barrel for another 6 months.

Other Vintages
Stellenrust JJ Handmade Wines Picalot 2009 Tertius Boshof Pinotage
Stellenrust JJ Handmade Wines Picalot 2008 Tertius Boshof Pinotage
Stellenrust JJ Handmade Wines Picalot 2007 Tertius Boshof Pinotage
Stellenrust JJ Handmade Wines Picalot 2006 Tertius Boshof Pinotage
Stellenrust JJ Handmade Wines Picalot 2005 Tertius Boshof Pinotage

Tel: +27.218802283   Fax: +27.218802284   Email: info@stellenrust.co.za  
Off the R44 between Stellenbosch & Somerset West, On the Stellenrust Road, Stellenbosch NU, Koelenhof, 7605, South Africa
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