Force Celeste Cuvee Pinot Noir Methode Ancestrale 2021
This is the third release of this utterly delicious and time consuming bottling from Stompie at Mother Rock. This vintage again omits Colombard and is entirely made from Pinotage. Slightly hazy pink, with aromas of raspberries, blood orange, and rhubarb. Super zippy, with crunchy cranberry fruit and a savory edge. Dangerously drinkable!
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Type: Sparkling, Pet Nat
Size: 750 mL
Grape: 100% Pinotage
Region: Swartland, South Africa
Vinification: All the grapes are grown from a
single vineyard in the Malmesbury region. The vineyard was planted in 1999, all bush vines and dry farmed. As of 2009, it has been farmed organically. Soils are mostly decomposed granite with Malmesbury shale. Vineyards are planted on south-east facing slopes with about 1,000 feet elevation and roughly 23 miles to the Atlantic Ocean. The fruit was hand-harvested at 19.0°B in early January and then whole-bunch pressed to old 500L French tonneau to ferment naturally for 10 days. When the sugar levels reached 25 grams/liter (ensuring four bars of pressure) the wine was transferred directly to bottle. Fermentation finished in the bottle and the wine spent five months on the lees prior to being disgorged in late May and released without a sulfur addition.