Picked this one up for $10 in Delaware, cause I was bored and wandered into a wine shop. I also happen to really like Pinotage. This one shows pretty light in the glass. It’s a pretty purple though. On the nose- textbook. Creosote, black fruit, earth and charred wood. On the palate, it is very fruity- plums, black berry and unique Kumquat note that I find very intriguing. An orange like testiness with some acidity to it. Very interesting. The mid palate has tons of that creosote flavor I associate with Pinotage. The tannins get a grip on the back end, but not overly so. The finish has an oak tinge to it along with black berry cobbler. A touch of vanilla rounds it all out. I must say, I really like this wine. It’s not very complex but it is really drinkable, is unique and is priced right. 88 points from me and 5 stars. It will pair well with the marinated Flap Steaks I have on the grill. Salut….
I’m always on the lookout for new stuff. I love Pinotage, finding it rather unique and somewhat inconsistent in flavor profiles between producers. That is not necessarily bad, it just adds to the different variations I can try of a unique to SA grape, grown in a rather limited geographical area.
This one is medium depth purple in the glass. The nose is delicious. Just what I was hoping for when I purchased this $17 bottle. Tar, violets, plum and that rubber smell that squarely denotes Pinotage. The palate is very rich, warm and full bodied. It gives off mocha, chocolate dust, star anise, blackberry, creosote and plum on the palate. Tannins are very refined, subdued and well integrated. The acidity is on pointe, not overbearing. The finish is medium in length and consists of mainly plum and that tar component I seek in this varietal. Good stuff! I am drinking this by itself but would pair it with roast chicken, wild game, steak and moussaka. I am going with 89 points and 4 stars. I have to disagree with the 86 point rating it got from one trade magazine, this wine belongs in my cellar for the short to medium term, drinking till 2022. Salut….
A pleasant purple with medium density. On the nose I get plums, a faint hint of cinnamon, black cherry and creosote thanks to the 9% addition of Pinotage. The balance is Cabernet Sauvignon. The initial taste is very Pinotage heavy, with more plums, some dark fruits and the telltale chemical note, often likened to nail polish remover. I like it. The wine transitions nicely and some very delightful tannins caress throughout. The flavor profile doesn’t change much throughout and the acidity is very fine, barely noticeable. The finish is relatively long, with the dark fruit balancing nicely with a hint of oak. The bitterness of the tannins is apparent right at the end but is not detracting. This is a tasty weekday wine that I would pop with stew, chili, grilled sausages and even burgers. 89 points and 4 stars for this $11 wine. Salut….
We want to my mate Mel’s 60th birthday bash last night and being from South Africa they had this on offer. I love the varietal and had to try it.
See-through purple in the glass with a nose of burnt cherry and creosote, very enticing. The initial taste is black cherry, smoke, espresso bean and some lithe tannins. The 14% alcohol peaks through on the midpalate and promptly goes away. The finish is of medium length and is laced with tannins and dark fruit. 88 points make this $11 wine a decent value, especially if you like the unique taste of Pinotage. 3 stars from me. Salut….
My father asked me what I wanted for Christmas. He has 3 sons, 2 daughter-in-laws and 5 grand kids. I wanted something that would not bankrupt the man, but would mean something to me. I told him “a bottle of wine”. He hit it, right on the head with this banger. I am so surprised at this wine and am super happy that my dad got it for me.
In case you haven’t read my notes about Pinotage, I love this varietal. It is a quirky oddball only found in Afrique du Sud and made really well in Stellenbosch.
Reddish purple in the glass with a nose of tar, beautiful violets, black plums and a really nice hint of blueberry right at the and. On the initial attack I get blueberry pie, some tar, cherry and plum jam. The mid palate yields some very entrenched tannins that come out of hiding and balance the acidity. More plums hit after the tannins and they lead you into a really nice dry finish of vanilla, coffee bean, and berry. Really good, a delicious wine. 91 points and at a shocking price point of $15 this is my first 5 star wine of the year. Kudos to dad for popping this bad boy under the tree, he has hit wine nirvana. I drank it with braised Beef ribs and purple potatoes. Heaven! I hope you have a wine that has significant meaning that hits it on all cylinders too. Salut….
Nearly black in complexion showed me that this is a very extracted wine. The nose is somewhat muted but a few swirls in the glass begin to reveal some black cherries and the telltale tar/creosote that makes Pinotage so unique. It is a cross breed of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut only found in South Africa.
The first taste is all I expected. Smoke, bramble and cherry hints are all present. Licorice presents itself halfway through. The wine offers a short burst of tannin followed by that tarry mid palate taste that I really enjoy from this varietal. It has a nice mouthfeel, crossing from the tannic thrust over to a slightly tart acidic finish that carries some earthy components. I like this wine a lot. The 14.5% alcohol is well masked, making this a great pairing with some grilled beef. I would drink this over the next 5 years at the least. 91 points and 4 stars for this $38 offering. Salut….
We went out to dinner with friends and I was intrigued by this South African offering. It retails for $13 in stores but did not get great peer reviews.
Coffee. Lots of it, on the nose, palate and finish. Earth and dark mocha in the initial surge with sour cherries on the mid palate. Typical pinotage but with a gruff ending. I made brief comments about Iodine and Beef Jerky flavors. 87 points from me and 3 stars. Salut….
I have spent the past five weeks on a training course in Hong Kong, paired up with my friend ‘The Beave’. Last night was our last proper dinner before the course ends and he decided on a steak house for the gang. There were 10 of us and we proceeded to order copious amounts of beer before dinner as we settled in to our boys night out. I ordered Lamb Cutlets when we were seated and was promptly handed the wine list by some eager Steak eaters. I chose this Stellenbosch Pinotage as I figured it would have the flavor to hold up to to the Lamb and Mint sauce in addition to being smooth enough for the others Filets.
I really enjoy well made Pinotage and have been on a mission to seek it out as much as possible. This wine was no exception. It was a dark purple offering that had plum aromas and a touch of cedar on the nose. The first taste confirmed my choice as correct. This wine exploded with dark plums and black cherries with some good oak integration. Spicebox and sandalwood came through on the mid palate and the tannins were fine and refreshing. A balanced mouthfeel is always appreciated and the acidity was ever so slight yet present. The weight of the wine was perfect for the mint sauce and the boys really enjoyed theirs with the steaks. Restaurants always gouge on the prices so I will go with the retail pricing of about $17. I feel this is a 90 point wine worth seeking out, 4 stars from me. Salut….
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….
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….