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Winemaker Bootcamp has started!

2 years ago threadsandvino 0
Winemaker Bootcamp has started at Musto Wine Grape Company today! Making some South African Pinotage. Working with two different yeasts, BDX and D80. Going to be an interesting wine! These grapes are from the Breede River Valley and should display notes of cedar-toned plums, dark berries, backed by a smooth textured tannin structure when its Read More

Newest Article for WinemakerMag: Making Wine from Pinotage Grapes

3 years ago threadsandvino 0
Feeling so humbled that Winemaker Mag featured another article of mine in their magazine. Winemaker Mag has been my bible when it comes to home winemaking. Make sure to subscribe to their list for great home winemaking tips. Also, click HERE to read the full article about how make wine with Pinotage grapes! Cheers! Read More

Pinotage Update

4 years ago threadsandvino 0
We pressed the South African Pinotage and are very happy with the results. The starting numbers were: Brix = 25  (no adjustment required) Starting pH = 3.91 Starting TA = .62 Added 1.5gm tartaric acid per liter ​Final numbers were pH = 3.50 and TA = 0.75 The skins were very chewy and thick. We cold soaked Read More

Official Pinotage Numbers

4 years ago threadsandvino 0
Brix = 25  (no adjustment required) Starting pH = 3.91 Starting TA = .62 Added 1.5gm Tartaric Acid per liter Final Number are pH = 3.50 & TA = 0.75 ​In conclusion, the final numbers are very good!! Looking forward to seeing how this vintage turns out! #whydoesittakesolong? Read More

The Pinotage Grapes Have Arrived!

4 years ago threadsandvino 0
  The ‪Pinotage‬ has arrived!! The berries taste very sweet with good seed and pulp development. We got Brix readings of 23-24.5, .48 TA, and 3.86pH We will need to do a few adjustments but the berries look great and we are looking forward to the crush! I am still deciding which yeast to use Read More

2016 HARVEST OUTLOOK FOR SOUTH AFRICA

4 years ago threadsandvino 0
2016 HARVEST OUTLOOK FOR SOUTH AFRICA The Breede River Valley is surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and is nestled between the Simonsberg and Drakenstien mountains.  Because of this unique topography, cool air from the oceans flows through the valley creating small, cooler micro-climates.  Farmers are able to use the Breede River to irrigate Read More