Beeslaar Pinotage 2012

November 25, 2013
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 7 Comments



Abrie Beeslaar, winemaker at esteemed Stellenbosch property Kanonkop, now has his own label with the maiden release being a Pinotage from the 2012 vintage. He explains the origin of the grapes as being “a property about two kilometres from Kanonkop in the direction of the Bottelary Road” and  the wine was matured for 17 months in French oak, 50% new. Price per bottle is R250.

It’s magnificent. Enticing aromas of red rather than black fruit, some potpourri and attractive oak spice. Dense on the palate – sturdy but not squat – with excellent fruit purity and the most intricate latticework of tannins. The level of extraction and use of oak really is immaculate and there’s no shortage of freshness.

Flavour-wise, there’s nothing too obvious – some cherry upfront while the finish has a sort of salted-meat savouriness about it but what impresses this wine is its deep sense of vinosity and it should age extremely well. If this is 21st century Pinotage, then game on. To order, email

Score: 94/100.

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  1. Derek Prout-JonesJanuary 24, 2014 at 7:09 amReply

    Wowza. High praise indeed.
    Need to seek out a few for sure!

  2. Michael OlivierJanuary 24, 2014 at 6:54 amReply

    Lovely piece. Really like your language and use of very descriptive words and phrases. Certainly makes me want to go out and get some. Thank you.

  3. HennieDecember 20, 2013 at 1:35 pmReply

    Ok, so I ordered 8, opened 1. Definitely wine for the bottom of the Artevino (i.e. to forget about it and open in a couple of years). Excellent wine!!

  4. KwispedoorNovember 26, 2013 at 9:36 pmReply

    Ordered some today. OUCH!

    Lekker, Abrie!

  5. HennieNovember 26, 2013 at 8:54 pmReply

    this is cult wine. im getting some.

  6. Carl AhrensNovember 26, 2013 at 8:04 amReply

    Wel gedaan Besie – hoe kan ons hier in nam proe?

  7. HarryNovember 25, 2013 at 9:26 amReply

    OK. I want some.

    I think that’s the most positive review of yours I have read.

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