Paradyskloof Pinot Noir Cinsaut Pinotage 2011

Summer lovin'.

Summer lovin’.

“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.

Score: 87/100.

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  1. David COctober 12, 2014 at 6:25 pmReply

    Simply a delicious, light red. Crunchy and fresh. Great go-to at more conservative places that list “safe” brands.

  2. Peter F MayOctober 10, 2014 at 12:41 pmReply

    Not the first to play with this threesome, I think that honour belongs to Conrad Vlok in 2008 — see http://www.pinotage.org/2008/02/all-in-family.html

    Of course, with 85% Pinot Noir and only 7.5% Pinotage the Paradyskloof doesn’t count as a Cape Blend and could be legally sold as a varietal Pinot Noir

  3. Jacques SteynOctober 10, 2014 at 12:08 pmReply

    Bertus Osbloed van Niekerk released a similar wine last year called “Die Wonderbare Raadsman”. The three varieties co-fermented and also pretty smart! I think he was the first to play with this blend…

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