The First Drop
The Mentors range is prduced within a small experimental winery, at the heart of the KWV complex. Unique varieties and raw passion combine to produce these exciting wines.
This wine reflects the true varietal characteristics of a modern-styled pinotage, with an abundance of cranberries, blackcurrant, plums and hints of fruit cake and vanilla on the nose. The intense concentration on the palate shows sweet fruit and well-integrated oak. The silk-smooth tannins contribute to the wines juicy, round and seamless finish.
Enjoy this wine with a variety of meat casseroles, roasted game, cape malay curry dishes, cheddar and even blue cheese.
Wim Truter & Team
A three-step section process ensured only the best quality fruit was chosen for fermentation. Selective picking in the vineyard,followed by both bunch and berry selection on the sorting table in the KWV the mentors cellar, is strictly followed. The cute was inoculated after two days of cold soaking. Fermentation was completed, to prevent the extraction of hard and dry tannins. The wine matured in barrel for 18 months.
The winter preceding the 2014 vintage was cold and wet, which ensured replenished soil moisture and spring temperatures that were colder than the long-term average.This led to sluggish initial growth and ultimately, late flowering. The 2014 vintage was challenging – rain during the growing season and early January caused both vigorous growth and high disease pressure. Cooler early summer conditions led to the harvest commencing late by up to two weeks on early cultivars.Conditions in February were warmer than the longer-term and brought the vintage back on schedule while revealing another product of the rain – a larger crop of coastal regions.Temperatures in March cooled as expected, but rain stalled raining in late cultivars such as cabernet sauvignon and shiraz . Harvest was delayed in some areas until mid-April. Overall, the quality is better than 2013 and developing well in the cellar.
This wine can be enjoyed now, but will also cellar well for five to eight years.