Southern Right Pinotage 2019, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa

Founded by Anthony Hamilton Russell in 1994, Southern Right’s aim is to produce a serious, age-worthy Pinotage (South Africa’s unique red grape variety) combining a distinct South African fruit and flavor expression with classic styling and refinement. In 2005, a stunningly beautiful 1,125 acre property on the western border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards was purchased as a long-term home for Southern Right, and in 2009, a 350 ton ‘Overberg’-style cellar, tailor-made for Southern Right Pinotage and Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc was completed on the property just in time for the 2009 harvest. The wines are named after the rare Southern Right whales, which frequent the cool South Atlantic Walker Bay, two miles from the vineyards. Soil: Low-vigor, stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil. 100% Barrel maturation. 9 months barrel aging. 100% Malolactic. Southern Right is re-defining Pinotage with this intense classically styled, clay-grown wine, packed with complex berry fruit, beautiful tannins and subtle wood spice. Full ripeness and the longer hang-time afforded by cooler sites, combined with the complex, more classic fruit aromas and structure resulting from clay-rich soil, make this wine a highly individual expression of South Africa’s unique grape variety.