A quiet revolution is happening when it comes to Pinotage. There will always be super-ripe, super-oaky examples on offer but increasingly we’re seeing wines made with much more lightness of touch and a prime example is the Frankenstein under The Winery of Good Hope’s Radford Dale label, the 2014 having just been released.
From a 42-year-ol d vineyards in Stellenbosch, the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation and was matured for some 10 months in French oak, 20% new. Lavender and fynbos as well as black cherry on the nose before a palate which shows great fruit concentration, snappy acidity and firm but not astringent tannins. It’s still extraordinarly primary but has lovely proportions and a real vinosity about it. Price: R285 a bottle.