Mellasat Vineyards was created by the Richardson family in 1996 from the original farm Dekkersvlei which was established in 1693. Located near Paarl, in the heart of South Africa’s famous winelands just 45 mins 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.
At Mellasat Vineyards we reckon we’re a bit different, which is why you’ll find a white Pinotage amongst our range of award winning wines. To make our wines more accessible we’ve established a tasting centre with stunning views of the Paarl valley and the craggy Klein Drakenstein mountains. And not content to leave it at that we’ve also created a Cemetery of Forgotten Wines in our underground cellar – an interesting and bizarre collection of museum wines that the consumer can interact with.
Barrel fermented and matured for eleven months with lees stirring gives this wine a slightly creamy, nutty character to balance the tropical pineapple fruit and banana flavours.
Strong flavoured fish and seafood, mild curries such as bobotie and chicken korma, and some Asian foods.
The 2017 vintage was picked in four batches, the grapes were whole bunched pressed without de-stemming or crushing in a pneumatic “bag” press to minimise colour retention. Extended juice settlement for three days preceeded fermentation in 300li Romanian oak barrels (12% new wood – 300 li). The length of time for both fermentation and maturation in the barrel was eleven months, with “batonnage” (lees stirring) by rolling the barrels for six months on a weekly basis. The wine was bottled in January 2018 and released to the market in April 2018. Alcohol: 12.5% vol. (Diam cork closure).