The Bald Ibis Altitude Collection Pinotage 2018

By , 11 September 2020

Colleague Tim James wrote about The Bald Ibis Wines as grown on Mile High Vineyards near Fouriesburg in the Eastern Freestate highlands earlier this year and I recently got to taste the current releases, the line-up as follows: Pinot Noir 2018, Pinotage 2018, Shiraz 2018, Estate Shiraz 2017 and a Shiraz-Pinotage-Cabernet Sauvignon combination labelled as SPC Blend 2018.

“A giant leap of faith best describes this wine” is inscribed on all the back labels and you have to admire property owner John Critchley’s chutzpah in undertaking winemaking in these unusual climes. It must be said, however, that the results are rough-hewn bar the Pinotage which I really like. The nose shows some floral fragrance, red and black cherries, earth and spice while the palate is concentrated and fresh with tannins that are not too grippy. It’s a cheerful drop and worth seeking out should you find yourself on a road trip in that part of the world. Price R120 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 90/100.

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