Pinotage – Vanbrugh – 2017
Wine Name & Vintage:
Vanbrugh – 2017
John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) another renowned architect, who was trained by, and worked alongside, Nicholas Hawksmoor. Vanbrugh’s achievements included Castle Howard (family seat of the Howard family. In recent years used as the setting for the ITV’s serialisation of Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited”) and Blenheim Palace (family seat of the Dukes of Marlborough- Sir Winston Churchill being one of their recent notable descendants) . The style adopted by both architects is often referred to as English “Hawksmoor-Vanbrugh Baroque” . Interestingly, Matjieskuil’s Cape Dutch homestead was constructed during this period, showing the contrast of the more Calvinistic and minimalist architectural style.
Grape(s) / Blend:
Pinotage- 100%. Our “terroir” suits this variety well. Know around the world as the archetypal South African varietal, and therefore particularly popular with overseas visitors.
Oaking / Alcohol %:
12,5% alcohol by volume…No need for oaking. It serves well at room temperature or as a lovely summer wine, served chilled.
Our first wine ever was an unoaked pinotage- 2005 . We submitted immediately since it was a perfectly fine wine. It went on to improve significantly in the bottle. This wine will probably be submitted for the 2021 edition. A year or so back, we opened one of our few remaining 2005’s. It was delicious. To us this is proof that an unoaked wine, under screwcap can still improve and mature with age. We have great hopes for the longevity of this wine and are delighted that we made a significant quantity (well, for us!)
Number of bottles made:
This uniquely South African variety was developed by Abraham Izak Perold (1880-1941), a South African chemist and viticulturalist being a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault (also known as Hermitage). He created the Pinotage cultivar in 1925, whilst being professor of viticulture at Stellenbosch University. Our 2017 “Vanbrugh” is a well-rounded, smooth Pinotage, with a full fruity flavour. For those learning about this classic variety it is interesting to taste alongside our oaked Pinotage 2014- The same vines, same wine maker but different vintage and with oaking.