$8, 5 stars, 89 points, coastal region, paarl, Pinotage, South Africa
Medium ruby with a touch of garnet on the rim with a watery sheen (14% ABV). The nose has classic Pinotage aromas of ripe raspberry, red plum, creosote, blackberry, a touch of vanilla and dark red licorice. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium tannins. Medium bodied, I get dark red fruit flavors with the tar note I love in this varietal. Blackberry sneaks in as does some licorice, both black and dark red. The mouthfeel is a touch astringent at the back end where the finish is medium in length. Charred wood and blackberry are the two main flavors that are left. I like this wine and will pair it tonight alongside Cowboy steaks with baked spuds and grilled asparagus. 89 points from me for this $8, yes, eight bones, bottle makes it a 5 star effort. Drink this vintage till 2025. Salut….