Chamonix Greywacke Pinotage 2014
An iconic Pinotage from Franschoek producer Chamonix. Wild berry, spice and cherry on the nose with hints of smoke and chocolate. Sweet ripe fruit leads the palate, with dark chocolate, coffee and sweet spice. Lovely smooth tannins and great length.
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Chamonix’s winemakers really understand what is needed with this rustic grape.
They use a mix of early picked and desiccated grapes using unique vinification methods taken from the Italian Ripasso dried grape technique and Beaujolais’ carbonic maceration – followed by oak maturation (40% new oak). Herby, wild and briary Pinotage with a soft luscious glycerol mouthfeel – this is exciting stuff.
Steeped in history and boasting some of the highest planted vineyards in the Cape, Chamonix is set amongst 300 hectares of pristine natural beauty on the Eastern slopes of the Franschhoek mountains. Today, Chamonix is known for its wonderful setting and abundant facilities, as well as award-winning wines and spirits, and pure Spring Water.
Since being acquired by German-born entrepreneur and adventurer Chris Hellinger two decades ago, the estate has undergone tremendous improvements, and offers visitors a host of culinary and recreational options in spectacular surroundings.
From the secluded Forest Lodge overlooking scenic Franschhoek Valley to the renowned Racine restaurant, from our diverse wedding facilities to the wide array of fine wines, spirits and other delights on offer, everything we do at Chamonix is done with love, passion and an unwavering attention to detail.Boasting some of the highest planted vines in the Cape Winelands, Chamonix has around 50 hectares under vineyard.
As purists we have always believed that to produce a wine of true character, it is essential that nature be the primary winemaker. Our farm is blessed with cool breezes during the hot summer months and stony, clay-rich soil, giving our wines their unique personality and style. A philosophy of minimal intervention and environmentally conscious farming methods are just some of our secret ingredients.
All our fruit is hand-selected, and we follow traditional methods such as making use of spontaneous fermentation and no acidification. Organic compost and mulch are ploughed back into the soil, while our use of green-harvesting (low yields per hectare) ensures that our vineyards are not over-produced.
Our philosophy of working hand-in-hand with nature to create unique wines and spirits carries through into the cellar, where our small, hands-on team approach their work with passion and creativity. The end result is a product that is pure, natural and made to be enjoyed.