Posts Tagged ‘Pinotage’

Kanonkop “Pinotage” Simonsberg-Stellenbosch 2004
Tasting Notes: 100% pinotage, decomposed granite and Hutton soil, up to 59-year-old vines, 3,700 l/h yield, 3-5 day maceration, aged 16 months in French oak, 14.5% vol. Dark purpleish, ruby red in the glass. Strong and bold, albeit a little tight on the nose, cranberry, blackberry, and subtle oaky-vanilla notes. Full-bodied in the mouth with a good acidic balance, strong tannins, and flavors of black cherry and banana.
Rating: 15/20 (88/100)
Price: US$31.99 @ Winelibrary.com


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Just three notes for the last several weeks, although I had a wonderful dinner with pairings that is its own post if I get to it.

2009 Albino Armain Bigneto Corvara

Appellation:  Valdadige

Tasting Note:  100% Pinot Grigio, 13% ABV.  Pretty light yellow. Fresh citrus with a bit of tropics on the nose.  Crisp, bright, tart.  Grapefruit, but much, much more than that.  Elegant.  Great acid, minerality.  Makes the mouth water.  Wonderful wine, went very well with caprese salad.

Rating:  4/5

Price:  $17.99 at Beltway Fine Wine

2008 Tetramythos Roditis

Appellation:  Achaia

Tasting Note:  12.5%.  Roditis.  Pretty dark yellow. Nose is pepper, petrol, and tropical fruit. Pretty complex.  Lots of fruit, but there’s a bite of acid and a little petrol.  Very interesting.  Would certainly match well with lots of Greek food – tomatoes, feta, stuffed grape leaves.  Very good.

Rating:  4/5

Price:  Unknown, was in a mixed case from Chesapeake Wine

2009 Oracle Pinotage

Appellation:  Stellenbosch

Tasting Note:  Pinotage.  13.5% ABV.  Color is dark purple. Nose is jam, vanilla, and some chocolate.  Plums and berries, with some wood and spice, along with the vanilla.  A lot going on, maybe too much, as it’s disjointed.  A tick hot for me (at 13.5% it shouldn’t be, adding to the thought that this is disjointed), although the bright berry finish is pretty interesting.  Not all that.

Rating:  2/5

Price:  Unknown, was brought to a party.

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My second visit, and part two of my Stellenbosch three-part series, was to Beyerskloof.  I was lucky enough to visit with the “King of Pinotage” himself.  I personally acclaimed owner and winemaker, Beyers Truter, the King of Pinotage, but I don’t imagine many people in the South African wine industry would dispute this coronation.  Beyers is obsessed with Pinotage and he even wrote an essay entitled “The Pinotage Story”.  Additionally, Beyers is the Founder and Chairman of the Pinotage Association.  Although it’s true that not all of Beyers’ selection is strictly Pinotage, just to give you an idea, the estate produces dry red Pinotage, white Pinotage, rosé Pinotage, and sparkling Pinotage.  Now before I go any further let me make clear that there’s a reason Beyers has focused so much on Pinotage production, and it’s not just to create a market niche.  He truly makes world-class quality and extremely tasty and expressive wine from the Pinotage grape.  OK so by now I imagine most of you are thinking … if this idiot says Pinotage one more time! … I digress … (more…)

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