The Limited Release Pinotage 2016 from Stellenbosch property is, as ever, big and booming but it kind of works. From a single block, grapes were picked at 25 degrees Brix. Fermentation was spontaneous and maturation lasted 22 months in French oak, 50% new.
There’s a floral top note to the nose before cherries, plums, earth and spice. The palate is plush and super-concentrated (alcohol: 14.5%) with a certain saltiness to the finish preventing it from becoming over-whelming. Price: R315 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 90/100.
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