05 August 2020

Cloof Winemakers Selection Pinotage 2017 Virtuel Tasting

Cloof  Winemakers Selection Pinotage 2017 is the first wine to be featured in a series of Cloof Wines virtual tastings.

This is presented by Lester Pywell, who says he doesn't understand wine, which is rather disconcerting since he is Cloof's Marketing & Communication agent.

Fact sheet on the wine tasted is here.

03 August 2020

Killer Red for Grilled Meats

Perdeberg “The Dry Lands Collection” Pinotage 2017 from South Africa is a “killer red for your grilled meats this summer”, says Jeffery Anderson in Minnesotas St Cloud Times.

The wine starts off with heady aromatics of cherries, strawberries, dark fruits, spice and vanilla. Flavors of blackberries, dark cherries mocha and spice coat the palate. Incredible structure with layers of complex fruit notes that continue on and on.

This is one of the finest Pinotage under 20 bucks on the market.

Read the full review here.


31 July 2020

WoTM - Perold Vineyard Pinotage 2013

My Wine of the Month for July is Perold Vineyard Pinotage 2013 (WO Stellenbosch). 

This was the first vintage of wine from the special and unusual vineyard, a small (0.5 hectare) old riverbed plot scattered with large stones, named in honour of A I Perold. 

It was planted in October 2008 with 966 vines in a fan shape (as pictured on the label) to examine the effect of sunlight at different angles.


It’s in the town of Stellenbosch on land owned by STIAS, the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, who are doing the study. The wine - 1,000 bottles annually - is now made by the nearby Lanzerac winery but this particular wine was made by Beyerskloof, as shown by the A310 number on the label.

The wrap-around label names not only the clone used (Pinotage PIN48 ‘medium growth and yield, very fruity’), but also the rootstock US8/7UC32, information almost unknown on labels.


Because ‘Perold’ as a wine name is trademarked by KWV, the wine is now sold by Lanzerac under the name Aliquid Novi - certainly since 2015.  


I had only one bottle of this wine which I bought in the Cape, and I blew it. I should have either kept it longer or decanted it. It is light in colour, and tasted light, thin even, with the taste of cloves. But as time passed it grew in the glass and the last pour was best, showing the majesty in this wine if I’d only decanted it. It was silky and had developed complex flavours. Truly delightful at the last glass.

For my blog post with pictures of the vineyard when I visited it in 2011 see here.

Fact sheet on the vineyard is here, and the wine can be purchased from Lanzeracs tasting room or online here.


12 June 2020

Pinotage Podcast

Wines of South Africa (USA) have put together a series of podcasts, including one about Pinotage.

Hosted by Jim Clarke (WOSA USA Marketing Manager) the Pinotage podcast has sessions with winemakers Abrie Beeslaar (Kanonkop), Jeremy Borg ( Pained Wolf) and Emul Ross (Hamilton Russell, Southern Right and Ashboune) followed by an Sommeliers opinion of Pinotage by Adam Knoerzer, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This is a detailed programme, with lots of technical information on making Pinotage and effect of the soil types it grows on. It finishes with Adam Knoerzer tasting and describing various Pinotages, including the coffee style.

Well worth a listen, it lasts 54 minutes and can be found here:


and on all major podcast apps, such as Apple, Google, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, etc.

31 May 2020

WoTM - Del-Gatto Estates Odyssey 2016

My Wine of The Month for May is Del-Gatto Estates ‘Odyssey’ Pinotage 2016, Prince Edward County VQA

At the end of October 2017 I drove 2+ hours west from Toronto, Ontario, to Prince Edward Island. The island is close to and connected to the mainland by a bridge. On the south of the island is Del Gatto Estate, the reason for my visit, which I detailed here.

Pat Del Gatto has planted Pinotage and makes an excellent wine from it that had sold out. But Pat had some of the young 2016 in his library which he let me taste and buy a bottle which I BYO’d  in November with a fine steak at  the Double Cut Steakhouse, Kalahari Resort in Poconos, Pennsylvania where I was attending the American Wine Society Conference. 

Pat posted me another bottle which I saved at home and opened this month.

A delicious perfume was released as the cork was raised. The wine was a bright clear dark red and tasted of clean ripe berry fruits, cherry and strawberry. I didn’t note any chocolate flavours this time. The fruit on the front palate lingered long on the lasting aftertaste. The wine was fine drinking now, but there was no hurry as this fine wine will last.

29 May 2020

AWEsome Pinotages

Two Pinotages make the 100 AWEsome wines list chosen by the Association of Wine Educators (AWE).

They are

The Society's Exhibition Pinotage 2017
David & Nadia Siebritskloof Pinotage 2017

The first is Kanonkop's Kadette Pinotage labeled for and sold by The Wine Society in the UK.

The full list is here

25 May 2020

Meerendal Pinotage Tasting Video

Meerendal's Bennie Howard CWM tastes and talks about Meerendal's basic and old vine 'Heritage Block' Pinotages