“Fridge reds” – lighter bodied wines from dark-coloured varieties you can serve from the fridge when the ambient temperature is high are a growing phenomenon and Vriesenhof of Stellenbosch has come up with an interesting new wine which falls into this category.
2014 is the 30th anniversary of the second-tier Paradyskloof range and to celebrate this, the maiden release of a wine featuring Pinotage and its two parent varieties Pinot Noir and Cinsaut from the 2011 vintage. The blend is 85% Pinot Noir with the balance split between the other two varieties. The wine was tank-fermented before maturation lasting 12 months in old oak.
On drinking it straight from the fridge, it showed red fruit, earth and spice. After it warmed up a little, some floral perfume but also a slight varnish-like note presumably from the Pinotage. It’s medium bodied, fresh and the overall impression is savoury. Not super-complex but entirely smashable. And it gets a whole extra point on the 100-point scale for being innovative. Price: R90.