05 June 2008

Pendock's Six P's

Leading South African wine writer Neil Pendock has become a wine maker. He writes in his Johannesburg Sunday Times blog "Having bought Lemoenfontein, a modest wine farm on the Paardeberg, last year, I decided to make the most traditional wine I could from ancient bush vine Pinotage grapes growing on the farm’s steep slopes. The wine was fermented using wild yeasts and matured in third-fill French oak barrels."

Neil is exhibiting a barrel of this wine at a 6th Sense art show during annual conference of PRISA (the PR Institute of Southern Africa), which this year has as theme Communication – the Sixth Sense.

"We’ve decided to call it 'the six P’s'", he says of his wine. " The first five, arranged alphabetically are Paardeberg, Pendock (the artist), Perold (the pioneer who produced Pinotage by crossing Cinsault with Pinot Noir), Pinotage and PRISA. The final P is a pee, the ultimate end-state of the work once it has passed through the body."

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