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The grapes are sourced from selected established vineyards in the Stellenbosch area planted between 1974 and 1982 at altitudes ranging from 160 to 215 metres above sea level to impart complexity to the wine. The sparkling wine is made predominantly of Pinotage grapes blended with other red varieties such as Shiraz and Cabernet Franc. The grapes are harvested by hand at 21.5 to 23.7 Balling and placed in small baskets to prevent bruising.
The colour is extracted from the skins during the first 24 hours in the cellar. After fermentation for 7 days, the sparkle is created by impregnating the wine with CO2.
This is a sparkling wine with a striking packaging that resonates the indescribable African rhythm that is so unique. Great packaging, but alas the wine inside it is pretty poor.
Pretty sweet, with the aroma of apricots and peaches. Very good.
The main brand is Castle Lager, first brewed in 1895. Castle Lager has won many awards, from gold medals to the "World's Best Bottled Lager" award at the 2000 International Brewing Industry Awards. The lager has 5% ABV with a unique light hops taste, advertised as "somewhat dry, somewhat bitter, never sweet" and as "the beer that stood the test of time".