One of the supposed advantages of the 100-point scoring system for wine is that it’s more finally calibrated than its 20-point counterpoint. Last night, however, two examples of Pinot Noir that while difficult to score really high, were both enjoyable. Moreover, both sell for under R100 a bottle.
The Fledge & Co. Katvis 2013
From an old vineyard planted to BK5, a Swiss clone used primarily for sparkling wines. A fruit forward, entirely gluggable wine with notes of red cherry and strawberry. Clean and pure with soft but sufficient acidity.
Treasure Hunter Pinot Noir 2013
Treasure Hunter is the négociant label of wine marketer Colyn Truter. Grapes for this wine from Lutzville, wine made by Lourens van der Westhuizen of Arendsig. Dark cherry and slight note of reduction on the nose. Light bodied (despite 14.5% abv) with bright acidity and nicely dry finish.