White pino­tage to in­dulge the senses at D’Vine Deli

Talk of the Town - - Opinion - LOUISE CARTER

ON Satur­day lo­cals have an op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge them­selves with a one-of-a-kind ex­pe­ri­ence to taste, smell and en­joy the white pino­tage by Mel­lasat Wine Es­tate at D’Vine Deli at the Post­mas­ters Vil­lage.

The wine will be served with snacks to make for the per­fect pair­ing.

The Mel­lasat white pino­tage from the Paarl re­gion is made from whole bunch pressed grapes in a pneu­matic “bag” press to min­imise colour re­ten­tion. The juice set­tle­ment is ex­tended for two days us­ing a set­tling en­zyme and ben­tonite re­moves any blush the juice may have.

The juice is then trans­ferred to Ro­ma­nian oak bar­rels for fer­men­ta­tion and mat­u­ra­tion of 11 months. The Mel­lasat White Pino­tage is the first of its kind in the world. The para­dox of this wine that the eye be­lies the other senses, mak­ing white wine from red grapes us­ing South Africa’s unique pino­tage grape. The bar­rel-fer­mented and ma­ture process with lees stir­ring gives this wine a slightly creamy, nutty char­ac­ter to bal­ance the trop­i­cal fruit and ba­nana flavours.

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