30 September 2016

WoTM - KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2010

KWV’s first Cape Blend, Abraham Perold Tributum 2010,  is my Wine of the Month for September 2016. Tributum is a blend of Pinotage (36%), Cabernet Sauvignon (27%), Shiraz (22%) plus 5% each of Tannat, Malbec and Petit Verdot. 

Grapes were sourced from Stellenbosch and Paarl, hence the ‘W O Coastal’ appellation. The wine was aged for 16 months in 90% French and 10% American oak barrels, 70% of which were new.

This wine was a revelation, subtle and sophisticated with intense depth of flavour that just keeps going on and on. Wood offers structure without imposing on rich dark berry flavours with an underlying seam of ground pepper and savoury notes. Deliciously scrumptious.

An excellent tribute to A I Perold, creator of Pinotage.

29 September 2016

World First Pinotage Cask Whisky

The world’s first Pinotage Cask finished whisky will be released in October to coincide with  World Pinotage Day,  

Distiller Andy Watts  says it’s “truly the pinnacle of my career.”

The Three Ships 15 Year Old Pinotage Cask Finish is a blend of 15 year old malt and grain whiskies distilled and matured separately at the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, Western Cape. Both the malt and grain whiskies spent the final years of their maturation in unrinsed Pinotage casks. 

It is said to be “Light in style, prominent cherry, plum, tropical fruit and the typical Pinotage earthy notes reveal on the nose. The palate is clean with hints of the banana and pineapple ending with a lingering warm finish.”

Only 4,000 bottles have been made, with 500 being sold by online auction on 5 October with the rest being available to buy from 8 October (World Pinotage Day) from the distillery, duty free shops and selected retaillers. 


28 September 2016

Neethlingshof 'Owl Post' 2014 Pinotage Wins IWSC Trophy

Congratulations to De Wet Viljoen and his team for winning the 2016 International Wine & Spirit Competition Abraham Perold Trophy for Pinotage with Neethlingshof Owl Post Pinotage 2014. 

The Abraham Perold Trophy for Pinotage is sponsored by The Pinotage Association.

The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) , now in its 47th year, awarded Gold Medals to the following Pinotages/Pinotage Blends

  • Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2011    
  • Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2013                
  • Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage Reserve 2014 (Outstanding)                           
  • Neethlingshof Owl Post Pinotage 2014 (Outstanding & Trophy)                             
  • Romond Rebus Cape Cuvée 2011 (Blended Red - Pinotage dominated)

And Silver Outstanding Medals to

  • Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage 2014
  • Beyerskloof Faith 2011(Blended Red - Pinotage Dominated)                     
  • KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2014          
  • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2014
  • Wildekrans Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve 2014
  • Rooiberg Winery Pinotage Reserve 2015

A good showing for Beyerskloof, who won a total of 19 medals.

IWSC say
South African Wine Farms were awarded an astounding 30 Gold medals, and 9 Gold Outstanding. Unusually, of all awarded wines, 24% were Silver Outstanding, 53% Silver and only 18% Bronze. Usually the larger proportion are awarded Bronze medals, highlighting how high the standards are for this set of South African wines.

Highlights include a Gold Outstanding  Diemersfontein Wines  for their Carpe Diem Pinotage Reserve, which judges called ‘elegant and classy’.

Full results are available online at

27 September 2016

Welgemeend Sparkling Pinotage 2016

Welgemeend Sparkling Symphony Pinotage 2016

This fun fizz is fluorescent pink and froths invitingly in the glass. It’s a 100% Pinotage, 12.5% abv, sweet with around 30g/L residual sugar and made by the ‘Technique Contemporain’.

Unfortunately the bubbles dispersed almost immediately, and to me a glass without a stream of rising bubbles isn’t a fizz

Despite the back label  describing this as a ‘classic bubbly’  Technique Contemporain is Welgemeend’s own name for carbonation.

I think this needed more pressure to retain bubbles, but it has no pretensions other than as a party wine and it looks very pretty.