100% Pinotage from the Western Cape, South Africa.
HISTORY: Radley & Finch is a range of varietal wines made by Thinus Kruger and Pascal Schildt. The name was inspired from the famous book: To Kill a Mockingbird, but unlike the serious nature of the book, these wines aim to reflect a typical and light-hearted style of wine true to the most enjoyed grape varieties originating in South Africa. The motto: Optimism, beats the pants off pessimism. We want these wines to be an honest path for wine drinkers to delve into the special world of premium South African wines over time.
ABOUT: The majority of the grapes for these wines come from the Voor-Paardeberg Mountain (1 hr north of Cape Town) and a small portion from Stellenbosch as well. This small wine region with only 10 miles of vine growing area is located to the north of Paarl and is found to have an exceptional terroir. The major reason for this is the placement of this region and the soil composition along with the prevailing winds. These factors altogether give a specific quality to the wine grapes, thus giving rise to the elite wine range. These are trellised vineyards, the majority of the grapes coming from the Paarl and Swartland regions. The aim in the vineyards to achieve a balance that will ensure a superb and satisfying glass of wine in your hand. These vineyards have a variety of soils: granite, ferecrete, gravel.
VINIFICATION: The grapes were harvested by hand and destemmed completely before a light crush. Harvest took place during the last week of January and the first two weeks of February. Fermentation took around 12 days to complete, after which malolactic fermentation was completed in Stainless Steel tanks. The wine then underwent a light filtration before bottling under screw cap.
TASTING NOTES: Deep Purple color in the glass. Med.-Full Bodied Red wine. Aromas of Incense, Cinnamon and Dark fruits lead the profile of this wine. The balanced palate has notes of Black Cherry, Spiced Plum, Blackberries & Licorice on the medium length finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Pair this wine with BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Beef Short Ribs, Grilled Meats, Lamb, Game, Game Fowl, and Roast Poultry w/ flavorful sauces.