Neethlingshof’s reserve tier, formerly Lord Neethling, has been renamed The Short Story Collection. Drawing attention to the winery’s rich and varied narratives, the three-limited edition wines in the collection each focus on a specific aspect of the estate’s philosophy or history. They are made exclusively from hand-picked grapes.
The Owl Post, a single-vineyard Pinotage, draws attention to the estate’s integrated pest management that forms part of the winery’s focus on production integrity to reduce its dependence on pesticides. Owl posts have been placed strategically throughout the vineyards.
This wine has been produced from dryland vines established in deep red soils that is rich in organic material and amply feeds the roots. Planted in 1997, the vines are established on north-westerly-facing slopes, 120m above sea level, in soils originating from decomposed granite. The vines are grafted onto nematode and phylloxera- resistant rootstock Richter 110 and are trellised on a five-wire system.
The grapes were harvested in mid-February, at 25°B alling, yielding 6 tons/ha. After destalking and crushing the mash was fermented using a selected pure yeast culture NT50. Fermentation took place in rotation tanks at 25-28°C over seven days, after which the skins were pressed. Once malolactic fermentation had taken place, the wine was matured in French and American oak barrels for 14 months.
Colour: Dark red