Cecilia Pinotage is made from one of only a few bush vine vineyards in the West Coast region of South Africa. Growing in the hills between Clanwilliam and the Altlantic ocean, at an altitude of approximately 400 meters, these old vines have learned to cope without irrigation by balancing themselves to only produce a small quantity of bunches per vine. It is this wisdom, acquired over time, that delivers a wine with immense subtlety, identity and power.
The Pinotage is hand harvested in small lug boxes and crushed into large open top barrels where regular punch-downs are done. A small percentage of the berries remain in tact. Additions are limited to a minimum and native yeasts conduct the fermentation at a gentle pace. After fermentation the skins are gently pressed with a basket press and the wine is siphoned into inert barrels where it rests and develops for 15 to 18 months before bottling.