Number 7 Pinotage
Blind Belief in Authority is the Enemy of Truth
"It takes only a few determined minds and a cause that won't be heard to create a rebellion!" cried Orpheus.
"Now close your eyes and open your mind to see the truth," appealed the Raven.
The Cape Rebellion is a story that starts with episodes of coincidence, good fortune and sheer determination.
In 1925 the rebellious decision to cross Pinot Noir with Cinsaut to produce the world's first Pinotage met waves of criticism.
But through adversity, the Rebels prevailed to afford Pinotage its rightful place on the world stage.
This wine is a bespoke blend from seven different sites encompassing Durbanville, Bottelary, Jonkershoek, Simonsberg and Papegaaiberg.
7 x 225lt new and 7 x 225lt second-fill Vicard barrels were imported to safeguard the wine from the personal wishlist of the Vinoneers winemaker Etienne Louw.
Fruit was selected from vineyards including the first commercially-available Pinotage in South Africa through the makers of the first Cape Blend, and the site of the oldest productive Pinotage vineyards in the country.
One new and one second-fill barrel of each site's wine was made and matured separately for 18 months prior to blending and bottling on 28 February 2020. Only 4200 bottles were produced.
The over-riding impression is youthfulness and vibrancy, which bodes well for the ageing potential of the wine.
The wines from Stellenbosch sites add depth of structure and dark fruit overtones to the wine, whereas the Durbanville components contribute elegance and sweeter red fruit spectrum.
The 50% new oak is well-integrated owing to the extended maturation period. The entry on the palate is round and elegant, with good tannin structure to support the abundance of fruit on the palate.
Our hope is that our no.7 will showcase the complexity and richness inherent to our proudly South African grape variety.