Posts Tagged ‘Pinotage’
Saturday, September 15th, 2007
The Pinotage required to make this a Cape Blend offers spontaneous combustion of fruit profiles with undercurrents of sweet spice from the Merlot and a good gripping firmness from the Cab. Pinotage and Cab are the front-row of red fruit, delivering a patriotic and powerful mix of South African splendor. This wine is a super-trooper and drinks gloriously.
Friday, September 14th, 2007
Stormhoek Pinotage Rose rocks the party with rock-candy colour intensity, bold cherry and strawberry aroma and a concentrated super juicy fruity palate. Drinking it over ice in a tumbler is a nice touch, and it certainly raises Rose’s game. This wine makes my front line.
When it comes to Pinotage, you should also check out Peter May‘s site at http://pinotage.org. He has written several articles for Grape Thinking, here and here, and we still have 4 more postings on the series. Thanks Peter!
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
This rustic wine romps in the glass with stewed fruit, forest floor and complex herbaceous qualities, the palate is gamey and bloody, with sweet/ savoury duplicity that brings one back the glass to explore. It is a serious treat for the seasoned snooth, and a gem to give to friends with a flare for bold and virile wines.
Sunday, September 9th, 2007
With a nose reminiscent of cafÃ©’ mocha, charred wood, coffee, cocoa and cinnamon is met on the palate with a full blooded robust structure that makes this a tough wine to tackle, and definitely something to set a good deal of time aside for. The wine finishes with warmth on the throat and is a more than satisfying.
Friday, September 7th, 2007
If I had to place this wine on the rugby field, I’d put it in as eighth man, as though it packs a tooth-staining punch of oak and has pushing power with 15% alcohol and blood stained colour concentration, on the nose one gets versatility and agility, in that its not another sluggish bomb that packs punch only through its alcohol. Quite contrarily, the Avontuur 2002 Pinotage has a fragrance of brandy butter, simultaneously spicy and creamily soft. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a wine for the weak at heart, and certainly not summer sipping. This is a rugby-players wine with body, punch, power and the ability to leave you feeling a bit dazed after a glass or three.