Beeslaar Pinotage 2013

Smooth criminal.

Smooth criminal.

The maiden 2012 vintage of the Pinotage made by Abrie Beeslaar of Kanonkop under his own “Beeslaar” label was rated 94/100 and was one of my top 10 wines of the year. How does the 2013 stack up?

According to the official fact sheet, Beeslaar reckons the 2013 has “more finesse” than the 2012 but I’m not sure it has more personality.

In terms of winemaking, the must went into open fermenters and the cap was punched every two hours for 60 hours; maturation took 19 months in French and American oak, 50% new.

On the nose, red cherries and plums plus barrel-derived notes of vanilla and spice. The fruit expression really is lovely but the acidity seems quite moderate and the tannins fine and soft.

Beeslaar has obviously taken great care with the extraction and the wine has a particularly creamy texture which will appeal to many but I find a little too plush. Make no mistake, however, this remains a very suave and sophisticated offering. Price: R300 a bottle.

Score: 92/100.

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