Spot review: Pinotage
By Christian Eedes, 16 September 2011
A selection of recently received Pinotage samples tasted sighted and scored according to the 20-point system:
Spier 21 Gables Private Collection Pinotage 2009
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch – 14% abv
Dark fruit, hint of fynobos on the nose. Full bodied but balanced on the palate. Good concentration, fresh acidity, firm but fine tannins. Long, savoury finish. Very youthful.
Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Natural Ferment Pinotage 2009
Wine of Origin Paarl – 14.5% abv
Dusty oak on otherwise shy nose. Dark cherry flavour. Good integration between fruit and oak. Fine tannins. Currently quite closed but refined and harmonious.
Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Natural Ferment Pinotage 2008
Wine of Origin Paarl – 13.5% abv
Nose shows dark fruit, floral perfume, fynbos and smoky oak. Concentrated fruit, fresh acidity and firm tannins. Very expressive but somewhat rough-hewn.
Knorhoek Pinotage 2009
Wine of Origin Simonsberg-Stellenbosch -14% abv
Oak dominates nose and palate. Some red cherry fruit but this is rather dilute. Drying on finish.
Allée Bleue Starlette Pinotage 2010
Wine of Origin Franschhoek – 14% abv
Excessively reductive. Some red cherry fruit but simple, rustic on the whole.