Several of the reds have a Pinotage element, but I’ll concentrate on those that have a least 30% Pinotage as per Cape Blend conventions and I’ll list them in descending order of Pinotage proportions.
Cloof Inkspot Vin Noir 2005, (Darling) 14.83%abv.
78% Pinotage, 12% Shiraz, 10% Cinsaut.
Quite edgy, soft talcum powder texture with dried plum and raisin flavours. £8.99
Middlevlei 2006 (Stellenbosch) Middlevlei pioneered this blend of equal shares of Pinotage and Merlot and 14%abv.
This has an attractive sweet nose and a soft classic taste. It is restrained, softly well balanced with sweet berry fruits and a touch of vanilla custard on the finish.. £9.99
Stellenzicht Rhapsody 2006 (Stellenbosch)
has equal shares of Pinotage and Shiraz. 15.28%abv.
Rhapsody is Guy Webber’s pride and joy but I don’t think this particular wine is showing well; it’s a bit rough and has a hot finish, not at all like previous examples. £24.50
Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2005 (Stellenbosch).
50% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Pinotage, 10% Merlot 15.1% abv.
Mouth filling well rounded sweet fruit over tannins. Surprising restrained Bordeaux like but with a really attractive spiciness and ripe fruit sweetness. £19.99
Lyngrove Shiraz Pinotage 2004, (Stellenbosch).
70% Shiraz, 30% Pinotage.
Really nicely balanced wine, a thoroughbred not showing its 14%abv. £7.99
Dekkers Valley Revelation 2004 (Paarl).
41% Shiraz, 32% Pinotage, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14%abv
Warm fruit nose leads into a lovely plummy wine, really very enjoyable. £7
I rated Kaapzicht and Middlevlei the best of the bunch, but the discovery of the tasting was Dekkers Valley, second label Mellasat, which offered a really enjoyable drink at the lowest price point.