Stellenzicht Cellarmaster’s Release No Added Sulphites Pinotage 2009
By Christian Eedes, 30 March 2012
Stellenzicht in Stellenbosch has extended its no sulphites-added collection of Cellarmaster’s Release wines with a Pinotage 2009 joining the Petit Verdot 2008 and Chardonnay 2009. The Pinotage is sweet, rich and broad with moderate acidity. There’s plenty of dark cherry fruit but also some curious earthy, malty notes. Alcohol is of course an inherent preservative in wine and this baby has plenty of it, the abv on the back label stated as 16%. It’s crazy-assed stuff and I have absolutely no idea who would buy it in meaningful quantities (price is R125 a bottle) but I still kinda like it. Score: 15/20.