Whereas Pinotage was a very fraught category even 10 years ago, producers have made massive quality advances. Take the 21 Gables Pinotage 2013 from Spier which simply cannot be faulted for its fruit power and technical correctness. From a Stellenbosch vineyard close to False Bay, the wine was matured for 18 months in French and Hungarian oak, partially new. On the nose, red and black cherry plus attractive oak. The palate displays super-concentrated fruit but there’s also fresh acidity and just the right amount of tannic grip. Modern and a bit flashy but a far cry from the rustic fare of not so long ago. Price: R250 a bottle.
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