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Neethlingshof The Owl Post Pintoage 2013

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Tu-whit, tu-whoo.
Tu-whit, tu-whoo.

De Wet Viljoen, cellarmaster of Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch, is also vice-chairman of the Pinotage Association, and as a result you can’t help scrutinising his take on the variety a little more closely.

The Owl Post Pinotage 2013 is part of Neethlingshof’s top-tier Short Story Collection with a cellar-door price of R180 a bottle.

On the nose, a floral top note before raspberry, red and black cherry as well as spice and, more disconcertingly, toasty oak (the wine was matured for 15 months in a combination of French and Hungarian oak, 80% new).

The palate is medium- to full-bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins. The fruit really is lovely but there’s quite a lot of vanilla flavour too, and you have a sense that it would’ve been an even better wine with less oak influence.

Score: 90/100.

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