Story: Intellego Wines is the passion project of Jurgen Gouws, a young man playing a large part in an impressive new wave of natural winemakers in South Africa. This Pinotage comes from twenty-year-old bush-trained vines planted to decomposed granite in the Swartland. The juice is fermented in a semi-carbonic way using whole clusters for eight days, allowing for less tannin extraction. It spends five months in used 225L barrique then settles for four weeks in stainless steel before bottling. The wine is full yet not too weighty on the palate. A bit more spice comes through, but is measured each step of the way by ample fruit.
|hot dogs with all the fixings||a park bench||Bormioli bodega glasses and a slight chill|