Pilgrim Bastardo Do Castello 2017

By , 3 September 2020

Henry Kotze, newly appointed winemaker at Mulderboch and previously of Morgenster, and viticulturist wife Riëtte have launched their own label called Pilgrim Wines, tasting notes and ratings for the maiden releases as follows:

Pilgrim Chenin Blanc 2019
Price: R175
Grapes from Voor Paardeberg. One-third fermented on the skins for six days. White and yellow fruit, a little earthiness and some yeasty complexity on the nose while the palate has concentrated fruit, bright acidity and a savoury finish. Substantial and satisfying.

CE’s rating: 93/100.

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Pilgrim Bastardo Do Castello 2017
Price: R280
Bastardo Do Castello is the name that the local authorities insist on for what is more generally known as Trosseau, a variety that has featured prominently in the renaissance of the Jura region of France and is meant to be make wine reminiscent Pinot Noir. Grapes for this come from a small planting in Stellenbosch – only 150 bottles made. 100% whole-bunch fermented and matured for 24 months in a third-fill barrel. On the nose, red cherry, herbs and spice plus a hint of cola. The palate is none too light (alcohol is 14.5%) but is full of flavour. Pure and zesty with lightly grippy tannins, this has plenty of intrigue.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

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