Pilgrim new releases
By Christian Eedes, 17 September 2021
Pilgrim, the label belonging to Henry Kotzé of Mulderboch and viticulturist wife Riëtte, launched to some acclaim last year and there are now two new releases, tasting notes and ratings as follows:
Pilgrim Chenin Blanc 2020
From Voor Paardeberg grapes. Half fermented whole-bunch and half fermented on the skins for seven days before being matured for nine months in old oak. Top notes of potpourri and herbs before citrus, peach and a hint of spice on the nose while the palate has good depth of fruit and bright acidity, some tannic bite to the finish. Intensely flavoured, this has plenty of interest.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
Pilgrim Shiraz 2019
From Stellenbosch grapes. 5% whole-bunch fermentation. Micro-oxygenation at peak ferment before maturation in barrel lasting 16 months. Red and black berries, lilies, pepper and vanilla on the nose. The palate is big and luscious – dense fruit, bright acidity and polished tannins. Flavour packed, this will find favour with those who like their Shiraz not too lean.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
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