Radford Dale Frankenstein Pinotage 2013
By Christian Eedes, 28 July 2014
Calling your Pinotage “Frankenstein” recalling novelist Mary Shelley’s monster who becomes terrifying to its creator appeals to my sense of humour especially when the actual wine is anything but.
Frankenstein Pinotage fits among the Winery of Good Hope’s Radford Dale tier of wines and is a new-wave rendition, in a similar vein to that of Elgin producer Spioenkop.
Grapes come from unirrigated bushvines over 40 years old planted in clay-rich Helderberg soils. Fermentation occurs spontaneously and extraction is very gentle before maturation in second- and third-fill 228-litre barrels.
The 2013 shows red and black cherries, a definite and enticing floral note plus some spice, cinnamon in particular. The wine is medium bodied – a good core of fruit, fresh acidity and nicely grippy tannins. Very more-ish which you can’t often say about this grape. Price: R284 a bottle.