"Hopes were certainly not high amongst those present," he writes, "yet I was very confident mainly due to the Pinotage component. The much-maligned variety seems to have amazing longevity particularly in wines from around the Auckland area within New Zealand.
All in all quite a surprise from a 25 year old bottle that would not be considered an aging wine."
I have little experience of NZ Pinotage and none at all of old ones, and I am intrigued to learn that Auckland's Pinotages have a reputation for longevity.
Paul Sharp is founder-director of Global Wine Consultants Ltd, based in Auckland, New Zealand.
The above review and photograph come from Paul's blog at www.wineconsultant.co.nz and are reproduced here with his kind permission.
*Coopers Creek have achieved fame recently as the producer of the very popular Cat's Pee on a Gooseberry Bush Sauvignon Blanc -- one of the labels featured in my book.