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Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2016

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Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2016
Bow wow wow.

Do “lesser” vintages sometimes make for better wines? 2015 is much hyped but this vintage of Diesel Pinotage from Beyerskloof in Stellenbosch seemed overdone (alcohol: 15.05%) whereas the 2016 vintage, while not exactly light-bodied, is much more successful.

Matured for 18 months in 100% new oak, the nose shows a floral top note before raspberry, cassis, vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa. The palate is rich and flavourful – there’s plenty of sweet fruit upfront but the finish is long and savoury (alcohol as advertised on the bottle: 14.5%). Not for sissies but this has a drinkability that the 2015 lacked. Price: R750 a bottle.

Editor’s rating: 93/100.

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