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Spot review: Pinotage

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Not to be trifled with.

A selection of recently received Pinotage samples tasted sighted and scored according to the 20-point system:

Spier 21 Gables Private Collection Pinotage 2009
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch – 14% abv
Dark fruit, hint of fynobos on the nose. Full bodied but balanced on the palate. Good concentration, fresh acidity, firm but fine tannins. Long, savoury finish. Very youthful.
Score: 17/20

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Natural Ferment Pinotage 2009
Wine of Origin Paarl – 14.5% abv
Dusty oak on otherwise shy nose. Dark cherry flavour. Good integration between fruit and oak. Fine tannins. Currently quite closed but refined and harmonious.
Score: 16.5/20

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Natural Ferment Pinotage 2008
Wine of Origin Paarl – 13.5% abv
Nose shows dark fruit, floral perfume, fynbos and smoky oak. Concentrated fruit, fresh acidity and firm tannins. Very expressive but somewhat rough-hewn.
Score: 16/20

Knorhoek Pinotage 2009
Wine of Origin Simonsberg-Stellenbosch -14% abv
Oak dominates nose and palate. Some red cherry fruit but this is rather dilute. Drying on finish.
Score: 14/20

Allée Bleue Starlette Pinotage 2010
Wine of Origin Franschhoek – 14% abv
Excessively reductive. Some red cherry fruit but simple, rustic on the whole.
Score: 13/20

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