De Wet Viljoen, cellarmaster at Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch, today showed the new release 2014 of his top-end Pinotage called The Owl Post next to some older vintages and very well it showed, too.
I liked the 2013 well enough but it was looking a bit awkward next to it successor which seems to have a bit more plushness without sacrificing freshness.
Matured for some 12 months in 300-litre barrels, predominantly Hungarian oak, about 60% new, the nose shows notes of lavender and incense, vanilla and spice before red and black fruit. It’s rich and full but the acidity is zesty enough and the tannins are firm suggesting that some bottle age will be useful. Viljoen reckons Hungarian oak imparts a marmalade quality to the wine and I kinda know what he means. Price: R195 a bottle.
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