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Cape of Good Hope Basson Pinotage 2012


Anthonij Rupert Wyne is another producer that doesn’t submit to Platter’s so unfortunately no comment about the portfolio in what so many treat as their wine bible.

Launched in 2011, the “terroir specific” Cape of Good Hope sub-brand from Anthonij Rupert is particularly compelling in concept (see here) although you don’t see them much in general circulation. I chanced across a bottle (R229 a bottle) of the Basson Pinotage 2012 under this label at Cape Town inner-city wine shop Vino Pronto and duly dropped some cash.

Wine of Origin Swartland, the wine was tank fermented, then underwent malo in concrete, before being matured for 14 months in French oak, none new.
Black cherry, dried herbs, spice, some typical Swartland earthiness and that varnish note that so often signals Pinotage. Intensely flavoured, tart acidity and firm tannins – it’s a curious wine which you might say has a noble rusticity about it. A stoppered-up half-bottle improved overnight.

Score: 89/100.


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