used with Dezel's kind permission
Veronica Castella of in Tampa, Florida went to five wine stores and found only one bottle of Nederburg ‘Winemakers Reserve’ 2007. “It was the only one in town. There was not even a second bottle. There were no other Pinotages at all anywhere,” she told me. Veronica and three colleagues tasted the wine blind against a California Pinot Noir costing twice as much and the Pinotage did pretty well, being the favourite of one taster. See the video of the tasting here.
Steven at terroirists.net couldn’t find any varietal Pinotages in Walla Walla, Washington so bought Gallo’s Sebeka Shiraz-Pinotage 2007 which they thought was a “non-offensive wine with a somewhat offensive finish.”
Tanisha of the grapevine4wine.blogspot.com in Washington DC opened Golden Kaan 2007 which she found “amazing” with food.
Ben from Vintology Wine Blog in west Texas chose Fleur Du Cap 2007 which he “kind of enjoyed it overall” although its smell reminded him of “ham”.
In Brazil, Keith from BrainWines who instigated the Pinotage Party with Dezel tasted three Pinotages, Kaapzicht Estate 2002 (“Kaapzicht folks obviously are great
winemakers, as this held up beautifully - long after their recommended aging length”)and Hill & Dale 2007 (“Brilliant”) from South Africa, and Marcus James Pinotage 2007 (“Simply quite terrible”) from Brazil.
Sue Courtney at New Zealand's WineoftheWeek.com opened Kerr Farm Kumeu Pinotage 2004 from Auckland and said "a fascinating wine, it's changing in the glass as we sip it - and it reconfirms why I like this intriguing, funky and always interesting variety called Pinotage."
Dezel himself tried Spier 'Private Collection' 2006 which he found "mouth-filling and ripe". I thought he'd be tasting a Virginia Pinotage!
I brought to the party Beyerskloof 2008 and Kanonkop 2006 and described them here
Many thanks to Dezel for organising this.