Zevenwacht Primitivo 2009

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Jacques Viljoen
Main Variety - Zinfandel
Alcohol - 15 %vol
pH - 3.41
RS - 4 g/l
Total Acid - 7.4 g/l
Appellation - Stellenbosch


Type - Red
Style - Dry
Body - Full
Taste - Fruity

Tasting Notes

A deep, dark, purple-red colour with a cherry-red rim. This wine has an exuberant aroma combining black fruit, plums, dark chocolate, peppery spice and cinnamon. Dense fruit structure, full-bodied plum and dried fruit, supple long tannins with bittersweet dark chocolate mid-palate and long finish. This is not a shy wine.

A date at dusk with a Belgian Beauty. Curves. Shadowy scarlet skies, the faint aroma of freshly ground coffee and a long lingering kiss of chocolate on the finish. Did I mention the curves?

Blend Information

100% Primitivo

In The Vineyard

Two vineyards were used for this wine; the one is situated in the Banhoek region of Stellenbosch on a Northeast-facing slope. The other vineyard is situated on a westerly facing slope of the Bottelary Hills. Both vineyards are trellised on a five-wire hedge. The vineyards receive one to two supplementary irrigations in each growing season.

About The Harvest

Pruned to two-bud spurs, the vineyard bears approximately 7 tons per hectare.
The grapes for the 2009 Primitivo were handpicked at optimal ripeness with a sugar content of 25.5° Balling and transported to our cellar at Zevenwacht.

In The Cellar

The grapes were gently destalked and crushed into a specially designed red wine fermentor. Fermentation took approximately 6 days with temperatures not exceeding 280 Celsius. Four regular pump-overs and punch-downs per day were given for the duration of fermentation. After malolactic fermentation the wine was transferred to 25% first-fill French Oak and 75% second-fill French Oak. Our Winemaker, Jacques Viljoen, produced only four 300l barrels.

Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Zevenwacht Primitivo 2011 Jacques Viljoen Zinfandel
Zevenwacht Primitivo 2010 Jacques Viljoen Zinfandel
Zevenwacht Primitivo 2009 Jacques Viljoen Zinfandel
Zevenwacht Primitivo 2009 Jacques Viljoen Zinfandel
Zevenwacht Primitivo 2008 Jacques Viljoen Zinfandel
Zevenwacht Primitivo 2007 Jacques Viljoen Zinfandel
Zevenwacht Primitivo 2005 Jaques Viljoen Zinfandel

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