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Pinotage Perfection: Crafting Excellence in South African Vineyards

Nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of South Africa, a grape varietal has captured the hearts of winemakers and connoisseurs alike – Pinotage. Born and bred in the Cape Winelands, Pinotage is a testament to the fusion of tradition, innovation, and the terroir that makes South African winemaking truly exceptional. Join us as we explore why making Pinotage wine in South Africa is a journey into vinous greatness.

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A Unique Grape with a Distinct Identity:

Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, was created in South Africa in the early 20th century. This grape has since evolved into a distinctive varietal, embodying the spirit of the region. Known for its bold, robust character and complex flavors, Pinotage stands as a symbol of South African winemaking innovation and determination.

Embracing the Terroir:

South Africa’s diverse terroir plays a pivotal role in shaping the character of Pinotage wines. From the warm valleys of Stellenbosch to the cool slopes of Walker Bay, each region imparts its unique signature on the grapes. The result is a spectrum of Pinotage wines, from fruit-forward expressions with hints of cherry and raspberry to more complex profiles featuring smoky, earthy undertones.

Winemaking Mastery:

Crafting Pinotage requires a delicate balance between tradition and modern winemaking techniques. South African winemakers have honed their skills to showcase the best qualities of the grape. Oak aging (French Oak, Medium Toast), fermentation methods (Yeast Suggestions: RC-212, D254, D80, and BM4X4), and blending strategies are meticulously chosen to enhance the inherent characteristics of Pinotage, creating wines that are both bold and elegant.

Versatility in Styles:

One of the beauties of Pinotage is its versatility. Winemakers in South Africa produce a range of styles, from youthful and vibrant wines suitable for early consumption to more complex, age-worthy expressions that evolve beautifully over time. This diversity caters to a wide audience, making Pinotage a wine for every palate and occasion.

Conclusion:

In the heart of South Africa’s vineyards, Pinotage reigns supreme as a symbol of the nation’s winemaking prowess. The unique identity of this grape, shaped by the diverse terroir and the expertise of passionate winemakers, makes crafting Pinotage wines an art form. So, the next time you raise a glass of South African Pinotage, you’re not just sipping a wine – you’re experiencing the soul of a nation in every nuanced sip.

Interested in making South African Pinotage? Give us a call at 877-812-1137 to speak to a winemaking representative about your order. Cheers!

Top 7 Winemaking Tips for the Spring Harvest

The Spring Harvest is underway! It’s time to get yourself set up for your Spring fermentations.

  1. Plan out your batch

    1. What kind of wine do you want to make?
    2. Review your ferementation notes from previous seasons
    3. Taste wines from Chile and South Africa for inspiration
  2. Review how to adjust your must

    1. Adjusting your Brix, TA, and pH
    2. Take an online class if need a referesher
  3. If making wine from juice, decide on Fresco vs. Non Fresco Juices

  4. Decide on the type of yeast you want to use

    1. For Chilean grapes we always suggest using the CSM yeast
    2. For Pinotage grapes we suggest using D254 yeast
  5. PRE ORDER

    1. Give us a call at 877-812-1137 or email us at sales@juicegrape.com
  6. Think about the temperatures in your cellar

    1. Do you need extra heat?
    2. Do you need AC?
  7. Keep an eye on the Harvest Tracker for updates on the Spring Harvest

    1. Harvest Tracker

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Product Spotlight: CSM Yeast

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Product Spotlight: CSM Yeast

CSM yeast was derived from Bordeaux and helps create a vibrant aromatic profile. CSM aids in adding complexity to the palate and pairs well with malolactic fermentation.

Why you want to use it:

It’s the perfect yeast for the Chilean fruit. It reduces vegetal aromas, adds complexity, stabilizes color, and helps increase the aromatic profiles of berries and spices.

Use Tips:

Fermentation starts quickly with this yeast. Be prepared to see Brix drop 24 hours after inoculation. It can stand up 14% ABV and can handle temperatures from 59–90°F. However, I highly suggest keeping your fermentation temps lower than 75°F. Once you hit 80°F you lose aromas and “burn off” flavors. Keeping your wine between 59–75°F during fermentation is a best practice.

You also want to use nutrients when using CSM; nutrients such as Fermaid-O and Fermaid-K. CSM tends to produce H2S (rotten egg smell) if there aren’t enough nutrients during fermentation.

Avoid cold shocking the yeast at inoculation. You’ll want to get the must and the yeast starter within a few degrees of each other before pitching the yeast starter. But without temperatures falling lower than 55°F. Temps below 55°F could stall fermentation and/or kill the yeast.

Goes best with:

CSM was cultivated to help ferment Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Merlot, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot. However, we have seen it used on Carmenere, Malbec, and Syrah from Chile with great results.

Dosage:

6gm/gals

Flavor Profile:

Cherry pit, raspberry, blackberry, spice, violet, bark, and sweet pepper

 

Ready to make wine? Musto Wine Grape Company is here to help you make the wine of your dreams! The Spring South African & Chilean winemaking season starts soon! Secure your winemaking grapes or juices and give us a call at (877) 812-1137 to speak with one of our Musto Crush Crew members. We can get you set up with everything you need and provide customer support along the way to ensure your success!