Pinotage Day falls on the second Saturday of October and celebrates South Africa’s homegrown cultivar. We’re helping wine lovers across SA find the perfect Pinotage for their tastes and budget.
1. Fresh and light:
Wightman, Gouws & Clarke, Pinotage 2017 – R 135
One of Ex Animo’s new projects. The wine is named after Andrew Wightman who grows the grapes, Jurgen Gouws of Intellego who makes the wine and David and Jeannette Clarke, sommeliers and Ex Animo co-owners. It is perfumed, tense and beguiling with cherry, plum, red apple and rose on the nose and the palate. The 2017 cuts a clear path between dryness, freshness and tension with a touch more fruit than the 2016. Lively, fresh and ever so smashable!
2. Fragrant and savoury:
B Vintners, Liberté Pinotage 2016 – R 260
The Cape of Good Hope is the South African home of Pinotage and has proved instrumental in our country’s rich winemaking heritage. B Vintners celebrates this rich heritage by picking their grapes while fresh and ripe, allowing this African variety to show its true sense of place and express itself as desired. The 2016 is finer than previous vintages and is a truly special take on the variety.
3. Intense and structured:
Spioenkop, Pinotage 2016 – R 400
Once again, Koen Roose has produced a wine that is sexy and pure yet still evoking those slightly wild characteristics that Spioenkop has become known for. The 2016 brims with personality. Dense on the palate, it utilises its impressive fruit purity and opens up to fresh acidity and firm tannins. The 2015 seems a little richer and riper than the 2015 resulting in a heady mix of black cherry, flowers and earth on the nose and palate.
4. Long-ageing investment wine:
Kanonkop, Black Label Pinotage 2015 – R 1,590
From the oldest block of Pinotage on Kanonkop, the Black Label Pinotage 2015, from a special vintage, has comfortably taken its seat as one of the greatest wines in the world. It will undoubtedly go down in history as one the greatest Kanonkop has ever produced with the 2015 vintage possibly topping the lot. This extraordinary wine is both powerful and lithe with beautiful fruit expression. It’s complex with the finest of tannins and a beguiling finish. This collector’s item will mature effortlessly for years to come and will prove to be highly sought-after.