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Longridge Pinotage 2013

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Longridge Pinotage 2013
No joke.

Is Pinotage becoming fashionable again after the wilderness years? At the very least, it’s no longer the butt of wine geek jokes (that falls to Merlot) and it’s wines like that from Longridge that show the way forward.

Fermentation occurred spontaneously and maturation lasted 20 months in a combination of first- through fourth-fill barrels. Red cherry, some floral fragrance, earth and spice on the nose while the palate is medium bodied with good freshness and fine tannins. Great bang for your buck at R123 a bottle.

#WinemagRating: 90/100.

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  1. It’s notable that the Pinotages receiving five stars in the 2016 edition of Platter’s – though all good – are really big boys. Would it be fair to say that the Platter’s tasters prefer this style to the more fresher, more Burgundian-style wines that have been emerging? I like both, but I think many people that have been “converted” to Pinotage in the last couple of years might favour the latter style.

    • Hi Kwispedoor, I’ve argued before that Platter’s is (sometimes) inclined to favour more weighty and powerful wines over light and elegant. As for what’s happening with Pinotage, the success that the new wave winemakers are having in other categories such as Shiraz/Syrah, Cinsaut and Grenache Noir is rubbing off. I do, however, agree with you that there is a place for both full and rich (Kanonkop Black Label) and the more subtle and delicate (Spioenkop).

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