This bottle was brought to the weekend retreat by my mate, we’ll call him Johnny. He originally introduced me to Pinotage and I have been a fan ever since. This particular bottle is a ‘Private Collection’ from Stellenbosch that could be had for $25.
Dark and lurking in the glass it offered up generous fruit on the nose. On the first taste it was different from other Pinotages- more serious, complex and richer. I instantly thought of black fruits and figs. Rich oak and a delightful tannin backbone are interlaced with some great acidity. The wine blossomed and offered up some secondary flavors of licorice and earth. A thoroughly enjoyable wine that kicked the flank steaks into high gear. If you have some spare cash and want to broaden your reach, Pinotage is becoming a must-try in my book, this example being rather terrific. 90 points and 5 stars from me. Salut….