After presenting his new-release The Owl Post Pinotage 2014 yesterday, Neethlingshof winemaker De Wet Viljoen showed a wine blind to a small group of media and asked us to guess the vintage – it clearly had some age but was by no means decrepit and I guessed 1995, arguably the best vintage of that decade.
It turned out to be the Neethlingshof Pinotage 1984. On the nose, red and black cherry plus some floral perfume to go with more mature notes of leather, earth and spice. The palate meanwhile was pristine, the fruit still amazingly vibrant and intact.
With an alcohol that Viljoen reckons to be just 11.5% and matured in 5 000-litre vats, a wine to make any of the current young gun winemakers smile.