Tempel Wines Skoonskip Pinotage 2018
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Tempel Wines is a boutique wine estate on the Berg River in Northern Paarl, South Africa, set against a spectacular backdrop of the Paarl mountains, where the originally Belgian owner Tom Heeremans, has created an oasis for wine lovers in the heart of wine valley. They produce tiny quantities of 5 high-quality, hand-crafted exquisite red wines.
Pinotage, a grape varietal that is a genetic cross cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (previously known as Hermitage) is the signature grape of South Africa.
This is an outstanding Pinotage! Elegant, fruit forward and structured. The winery didn’t want to make a typical Pinotage but rather one that is light and fruity. They wanted to create an ode to Pinot noir and Cinsaut with only 13% alcohol level. Totally in the style of the house of Tempel Wines.
Deep crimson in color with an intense nose of oak, cloves, plums, black cherry, liquorice, smoke, and sweet spice. The palate is full and vibrant with juicy, yet elegant soft tannins which lingers to a smooth and long finish. Drinking beautifully now straight from the bottle, but will also age beautifully if cellared.
The Pinotage comes from old Bush Vines which are dry, not irrigated. The lower yield and greater effort required with Bush Vines is worth it because the berries have much thicker skins and therefore produce more concentrated flavours.
This is an extremely well made, hand crafted, natural, fine wine, matured in French oak barrels for 12 months of which 40% were new barrels. They create their wines using the traditional technique of Grape-treading (also known as pigeage) which is part of the method of maceration used in traditional wine–making, where rather than being crushed in a wine press or by another mechanised method, grapes are repeatedly trampled in open vats by barefoot participants to release their juices and begin fermentation.
The elegant heavy glass bottle, deep punt and the hand dipped wax seal reflect the supremely high, hand-crafted quality of these incredible wines.
The Afrikaans name Skoonskip comes from “skoonskip maak” which means “wipe the table/board – as in a new start”
Food pairings: Poultry, Beef, Game, hard cheeses like cheddar and even a blue, especially if served with fresh figs. Perfect with a classic South African Braai where it will take almost anything in its stride from marinated lamb to Cape Malay or Cajun-spiced ‘blackened’ fish.
Production Area: Produced and bottled at Tempel Wine estate – Paarl
Alcohol content: 13% vol
Volume Produced: Limited production of only 5468 bottles
|REGION:||Paarl, South Africa|
|SHELF LIFE:||10 Years|
Grapes are harvested by hand. Grape treading in open Vats. Matured in French oak barrels for 12 months of which 40% were new barrels.
WINEMAKER NEIL MARAIS TALKS ABOUT HIS SKOONSKIP PINOTAGE
The story of TEMPEL WINES derives from the Cape Dutch style cottage on the estate– built in 1784, it was initially known in the community as the Jooden Tempel. In the 20th century, the farm started producing the wines that we love today. It’s a boutique wine estate on the Berg River in Northern Paarl, South Africa, set against a spectacular backdrop of the Paarl mountains, where the originally Belgian owner Tom Heeremans, has created an oasis for wine lovers in the heart of wine valley.
Previously known for Pinotage, their world-class vintners have since shifted their attention to Mediterranean cultivars, including Cinsaut, Shiraz, Grenache, Mouvèdre, and Tempranillo. Today they have a stunning selection of 5 big beautiful red wines on offer, each of them infused with the unique character of the region.
The beautiful estate also plays host to a modern B&B, with four rooms available for those wishing to extend their stay. The splendid setting boasts picturesque views of Paarl Mountain and the Berg River, allowing for a pastoral experience in a truly unique location.
Tempel Wines is home to high-quality, hand-crafted wines. The wines are characterised by a distinctive, lower in alcohol style (13-13,5%), making for an enjoyable, lighter drinking experience.
The Tempel wines philosophy is to let the grapes do the talking – they create hand crafted modern wines that reflect the character and soul of the region. As 80% of their wines are made on the field, they take great care to select only the best cultivars and rootstocks given the climatological circumstances and different soils at their vineyards.
They try and keep farming as natural as possible to maintain the best quality in the end products. All the grapes are handpicked and naturally fermented in traditional open tanks. After pressing, they are matured in French oak barrels and/or concrete eggs for minimum 12 months and then bottled on the estate.
The cellar at Tempel Wines is a unique experience in itself – besides being filled with amazing wines, the walls of the cellar also boast authentic art from some of the finest South African street artists. Visitors can enjoy a view of the exceptional cellar from the beautiful breezy terrace – with a glass of one of their incredible wines in hand, of course!
The vineyard management is all about sustainability. They deliberately attract a diverse range of insects to the land, where they also grow organic vegetables to give to the people in the local townships.