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When eating at a South African restaurant, it’s obligatory to drink Pinotage.   I am really digging this grape as the winemakers have transformed it from lazy plonk to good quality table wine.  Originally derived by crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsault varietals, it is only grown in South Africa.  This particular one was ordered to go along with some rather awesome Ribeyes.  Dark purple in the glass, it gave off the telltale notes of plum and oak.  On the palate, the plums and spice give way to black currants and a decent grippy finish of dryness from the tannic structure.  Medium acidity round the package out and I must say it was a good balance for the steaks.  It can be found for about $15 and I rate it 87 points with a 3 star medal.  Salut….

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