30 June 2015

WoTM - J Vineyard's Pinotage 2010

My Wine of the Month for June is J Vineyard & Winery’s Pinotage 2010, grown and made on the estate in California’s Russian River.
This had redcurrant flavours and a lightness of fruits which danced over the reality of its 14.7% abv. Develops complexity and had a long silky finish. Delicious.

J Vineyards discovered they had a 2.8 acre Pinotage plot in the Backdoor Vineyard when Judy Jordan bought the property intending to specialise in traditional-method sparkling wines. 

Pinotage is sold exclusively in their tasting room and it has gathered many fans, quickly selling out each vintage. 

I’ve visited J Vineyards twice and brought this home from my 2012 trip. It cost $48.50 including tax and 620 cases were made. 

10 June 2015

Guillermo Pinotage tasted

I recently tasted Painted Wolf’s 2011 Guillermo Pinotage in the company of chief wolf Jeremy Borg. 
It’s intensity  reminded me of an Italian reciota. Jeremy explained that 10% of the grapes were vinified separately, whole bunched were fermented with their stems in a floating lid tank which was closed when almost dry and left for 6 weeks before pressing. After a year’s maturation this “super super high dry extract” was blended into the wine.

Billy (Guillermo) and Penny Hughes grow the grapes in their vineyard which is now certified organic, although it was in conversion at the time of the 2011 vintage.

I’ve drunk and enjoyed previous vintages of Guillermo Pinotage, and this one is a interesting tweak on a winning formula

07 June 2015

Pinotage on Tap 2015 Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for 2015 POT - Pinotage on Tap, celebrating  the coffee'n'chocolate Pinotage created by Diemersfontein. This is the 11th consecutive year of this great wine, music and food festival.

Dates are

  • 29  August:  Johannesburg at Val Bonne Country Estate in Modderfontein 
  • 19 September: Durban festival  The Litchi  Orchard in Salt Rock
  • 10 October: Grand finale at Diemersfontein Estate in Wellington, just 70km from Cape Town. Fittingly this event will take place on  International Pinotage Day.  
Full details, costs and how to book are  here

06 June 2015

Meerendal 1978 Magnums

This wooden case once held 6 magnums of 1978 Meerendal Pinotage.  Bruce Metelerkamp in New Zealand who  sent me the photo, still uses the box to store wine.

05 June 2015

Tormentino Tasted

Tormentino is a name new to me. It is is a premium brand of MAN Vintners.

I recently tasted their  2013 Bush Vine Pinotage was pale red and medium bodied with soft sweet ripe fruits and spices. 

Closed with real cork, Coastal Wine of Origin, 14% abv.

The name comes from "Cabo Tormentoso" (translated as “Stormy Cape” or “Cape of Storms”), the original name for the Cape of Good Hope given to it by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomieu Dias who first rounded the Cape in 1488.