Long known for its revolutionary “coffee-chocolate” Pinotage, Diemersfontein Wine Estate outside Wellington is proving it’s not a one-trick-pony when it comes to this iconic South African variety with the release of a third Pinotage in the range, The Prodigy.
“We felt there was an opportunity for something new in our portfolio, and we wanted to further cement Diemersfontein’s reputation as a leading pinotage producer in the Cape winelands,” explains David Sonnenberg, whose family has owned the property for three generations.
While the complex Carpe Diem Pinotage Reserve is a bottle best kept for special occasions, and the much-loved coffee and chocolate notes of the Original Diemersfontein Pinotage make it a wine worth savouring, “the lighter fruit-driven style of The Prodigy perfectly ticks the box for everyday enjoyment,” says Francois Roode, cellarmaster and winemaker at Diemersfontein.
Befitting the youthful liveliness suggested by the name, grapes for The Prodigy 2018 were sourced primarily from younger vineyards in the Wellington area, with only a small portion brought in from the Breede River Valley.
“That was simply due to lower yields following the drought, and we plan for all future vintages to be sourced from Wellington vineyards to showcase the beautiful fruit we have here and the wonderful versatility of pinotage,” says Roode. “Pinotage is a grape that’s just so well suited to Wellington. It loves the sun and the soils, and gives good colour, structure and fruit character.”
To preserve that character, after harvest the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks, with minimal oak influence.
“We had a particular fruit-driven style in mind for The Prodigy and we didn’t want oak to dominate the wine, only to give it a little bit of structure and backbone,” says Roode.
The landmark release of The Prodigy has further provided a unique opportunity to refresh the estate’s wine labels, which have changed little over the last 20 years. Across the portfolio the eye-catching Diemersfontein logo has been given greater prominence, with the estate’s portfolio of premium red wines enjoying the most striking evolution. The logo of burnished gold now stands proudly atop an elegant line drawing of the historic estate.
Diemersfontein Wine Estate is situated along Jan van Riebeeck Drive (R301), Wellington. For more information, call 021 864 5050, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.diemersfontein.co.za or make contact via @diemersfontein.