Mellasat White Pinotage is a very unorthodox wine. The paradox of this wine is that the eye belies your other senses! The makers have taken the Pinotage Grape, a native red wine grape from South Africa and made a white wine out of it. The colour is very pale and the palate there is a clean brisk acidity along with some quite creamy and nutty notes. Overall this wine produces an unexpected structure & depth of flavour. This is a most interesting wine.
Is it any good? Platter’s South African Wine Guide gave it 4 stars in 2015 so they think so!
Food Matching: This is a deceptively powerful wine and will stang up well with strong fish flavours and even some milder curries. Try this with a Fish Korma or even a native Bobotie. Also worth enjoying with great friends as this is a wine to talk about!
Technical: The grapes were whole bunched pressed, without de-stemming or crushing in a pneumatic “bag” press to minimise colour retention. Extended juice settlement for 3 days using a settling enzyme and bentonoite to remove any last traces of blush the juice. The coral colour juice was then transferred to 300 litre Romanian oak barrels (11% new wood). Batch 2 received an acidification adjustment using tartaric acid to correct pH. Fermented for approximately 12 days at an average temperature of 18˚Centigrade. Fermentation caused any remaining colour to drop out. Malolactic fermentation was only partially encouraged in barrel after the alcoholic fermentation and the lees stirred for six months on a weekly basis .The length of time for barrel fermentation and barrel maturation was eleven months. A gentle fining was finally done to clarify the wine prior to bottling. No filtering of the wine was undertaken except at bottling when a medium filtration was undertaken.
Mellasat Vineyards was created by the Richardson family in 1996 from the original ‘Farm Dekkersvlei’ which in turn was established in 1693. Located near Paarl, in the heart of South Africa’s famous winelands just 45 minutes from Cape Town. The vineyard enjoys a spectacular position under the dramatic Klein Drakenstein Mountains together with panoramic views of the Paarl and its famous granite domes. The vineyard sits at 250 metres above sea level.
At Mellasat Vineyards they reckon there a bit different!