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Springfontein Terroir Selection Pinotage 2008

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Thick-set.
Thick-set.

Can cool-climate growing conditions tame Pinotage’s inherent rusticity? To explore this once again, a bottle of Terroir Selection Pinotage 2008 from Springfontein near Stanford (R112 a bottle from Vino Pronto in Gardens, Cape Town).

The 15% abv on the back label should’ve been some kind of warning. The wine which contains 7% Petit Verdot underwent spontaneous fermentation and spent 14 months in French and American oak, none new.

Sweet cherry fruit plus more savoury notes of earth, malt and spice. Rich and broad with gentle acidity and soft tannins. Not without appeal but this is about as hearty and rough-hewn as Pinotage gets.

Score: 86/100.

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