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Pilgrim Bastardo do Castello 2017

£29.95

Composition: 100% Bastardo do Castello / Trousseau
Region: Stellenbosch
Production: 150 bottles (yes, really!)
Drink: Now to 2028

Product Description

Composition: 100% Bastardo do Castello / Trousseau
Region: Stellenbosch
Production: 150 bottles (yes, really!)
Drink: Now to 2028

Pilgrim Wines is a small, family owned wine company with a passion for winemaking. 2020 marks the year of the release of their maiden vintages of their two wines – a Chenin Blanc and a Bastardo do Castello. They focus on innovation and experimentation with both familiar and unorthodox cultivars and aim to inspire and surprise with their wines.

This is the first certified Bastardo do Castello/ Trousseau ever bottled in South Africa. It comes from 66 vines located on the slopes of Stellenbosch Mountain which has decomposed red/ brown granitic soils.

‘Bastardo Do Castello is the name that the local authorities insist on for what is more generally known as Trosseau, a variety that has featured prominently in the renaissance of the Jura region of France and is meant to be make wine reminiscent Pinot Noir. Grapes for this come from a small planting in Stellenbosch – only 150 bottles made. 100% whole-bunch fermented and matured for 24 months in a third-fill barrel. On the nose, red cherry, herbs and spice plus a hint of cola. The palate is none too light (alcohol is 14.5%) but is full of flavour. Pure and zesty with lightly grippy tannins, this has plenty of intrigue.’ 91 points Christian Eedes

‘Beautiful bright red colour with a cherry hue. As you would expect from a Bastardo, the colour is not a very deep dark red, rather more see-through and vibrant. Lovely lighter types of berry flavours like raspberry, strawberry and cranberry dancing through with flowery hints of violets and lavender on the nose. Orange peel, lemon zest and umami/seaweed flavours with an interesting twist of meat, especially venison and some cheese as well. Also, an end note of herbs and spices, picking up by the beautiful lemony spice – Sumac. Good cherry tartness invigorating the palate, followed by a hit of spice, coriander and ground black pepper ending off with the sweetness of the berries lingering. The mouthfeel is one of fine tannins contributing to this well-structured wine. Aging possibility of at least 5 to 10 years.’ Henry Kotze, winemaker.