Previous vintages of Traildust, the red blend from Stellenbosch cellar Beyerskloof that sees Pinotage combined with its parents Cinsault and Pinot Noir, have tended to be a little rustic but the 2017 is great fun.
Consisting of 47% Cinsaut, 30% Pinotage and 23% Pinot Noir, it was matured for 12 months in third-fill oak. The nose shows red and black cherry, plum, some floral fragrance and a hint of spice. The palate is juicy and fresh with soft, supple tannins and a gently savoury finish. An alcohol of 14.7% contributes to the overall generosity of the wine – not super-complex but most appealing, nevertheless. Price: R150 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 88/100.
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