I imagine Fram Pinotage made from Citrusdal Mountain grapes by Thinus Krüger has acquired instant cult status after Jancis Robinson MW made it her “wine of the week” towards the end of January with a score of 17/20.
Her tasting note read as follows: “Full, rich and round. Super charm on the nose and lots of both structure and fruit. Dry finish and well-managed oak. Appetising. Very spicy. Good balance. No Pinotage negatives. There’s a real future to this wine.”
Interestingly, when Christine Rudman and Cathy van Zyl came to review it for the current edition of Platter’s, it got a rating of 3½ Stars, their tasting note reading like this: “Dark and brooding, meaty and savoury with some plum undertones. Quite tanninc, needs time to soften, meld; could show better over time and then reward handsomely.”
I haven’t tasted the 2012 but did manage to get my hands on the 2013 (Wine Cellar price: R170). My tasting note as follows: “Red and black cherry, earth and spice. Rich but balanced – sweet fruited and smooth textured with moderate acidity. Nice enough but a pretty standard example of the variety” and gave it a score of 89/100.
All of this poses some questions: How many examples of Pinotage was Ms Robinson exposed to? Did she taste the likes of Longridge 2012, Radford Dale Frankenstein 2013 and Spioenkop 1900 2013?