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The Game Reserve Pinotage 2016

The Game Reserve Pinotage 2016
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The Game Reserve Wines are a socially responsible choice

The premium Game Reserve range of wines makes a significant contribution to sustaining the South African wildlife and wilderness treasures in association with Wilderness Foundation Africa.

These wines, under the custodianship of Rooiberg Winery, contribute significantly to the Foundation from wine sales.

Rooiberg, as part of the Rooiberg Breede River Conservancy Corridor Project, operates in collaboration with various property owners in the area – identified as an important conservation site which forms a natural corridor of leopard and other wild species to interact with one another.

In fact the Robertson-McGregor area has shown the highest density leopard population in expansive studies by the Landmark Foundation – an organization that addresses threats to wildlife and works with the relevant land-owners in this regard.

Eight of the 20 shareholder farms in the Rooiberg fold were selected as having the most conservation-worthy land and form part of the BWI. This comprises more than 15,000 acres of natural land which represents 57% of the total area of shareholders’ farms.

These are but a few of the initiatives that have given the 54 year-old Rooiberg Winery – the custodian of Game Reserve Wines – a track-record of quality wine production in harmony with nature and the interests of the community. It is today a leader with regard to compliance with the relevant clean and green and ethical systems of the South African wine industry and the relevant regulatory organizations.

Allocation of funds from Game Reserve Wines
A contribution of R3 from the proceeds of each bottle of Game Reserve wine sold, is made towards Wilderness Foundation Africa’s conservation and education programs throughout Africa – the benefits of which support biodiversity and cultural, scientific, economic and spiritual values. R2 of each contribution will be spent on general projects while R1 accrues to conservation activities specifically in the Robertson area.

Wine Specs
Coastal Region
3.49 (± 0.1)
Residual Sugar
3.1 g/L (± 0.5 g/L)
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A ‘proudly South African’ cultivar exhibiting aromas of ripe cherry, strawberries and plums with ripe red berry fruit and spices on the palate. This full structured and well balanced wine rewards with a juicy but elegant mouthfeel and silky soft tannins.
Vineyard Notes
Pinotage vineyards from Stellenbosch and Paarl. Vineyards produce around 6 - 9 tons per hectare.
Production Notes
Handpicked at optimum ripeness. Fermented in open and closed fermenters with regular punch downs and pump overs to ensure upfront fruit and soft extraction. Matured in 3rd and 4th fill barrels for 10 months with a portion of the blend left unoaked.
Food Pairing Notes
Savour with slow-cooked casseroles, fillet, pastas, robust cheeses or a good old fashioned barbeque.
Other Notes
The Bat Eared Fox: Aptly named the bat eared fox (Otocyon megalotis) these fascinating little creatures have large ears which can pinpoint sounds underground with 100 % accuracy. Active during the day and night, they feed mainly on termites and live in old ant bear dens in the ground. We are actively trying to protect this unique species, indigenous to the Rooiberg Breede River Conservancy, as they are often identified by farmers as jackals and killed.
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