28 July 2017

Pinotage in the Press this Month

Pinotage has appeared in the press more than usual this month. Here are ones I've spotted:

Keep an eye out for their 2011 Karma Vineyard Pinotage, an award winner with aromas of plum jam, chocolate cake and roasted pecans says Soshi Parks after visiting Loma Prieta winery in   Where to Taste, Eat & Stay in the SantaCruz Mountains Wine Region on lifestyle site 7X7.

Writing in Forbes, Katie Kelly Bell says she has found Pinotage ‘historically disappointing’ but not Kanonkop Pinotage 2015
Wowza.   This Pinotage is loaded with rich succulent black cherry and black plum fruits. It all gets stitched together with dark chocolate, spice and mineral notes. Richly textured and full -bodied ….with  fruit of deep complexity. A terrific wine.  

Eric Hanson visited Canada’s Okanagan Valley for RichmondNews to report that Stoneboat specializes in Pinots. Their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinotage are delicious examples. The Stoned, a blend of Pinot and Pinotage has nothing to do with drugs. Instead it celebrates the rocky terrain that adds minerality and terroir to their wines.

The UK’s Swindon Advertiser  recommended KWV Earth’s Essence as a barbecue wine:  

If you're on a quest for a bold pinotage, here's a good example of how appealing South Africa's signature grape can be when the damson fruit has an upfront sweetness and builds intensity with notes of cranberries, spice and bush teas. The smooth tannins have plenty of grip without being aggressive. Enjoy with a gourmet burger.

Lauren Hartzenberg, writing in South Africas bizcommunity.com , interviewed Lauren Buzzeo, the managing editor of  US-based publication Wine Enthusiast who told her:

 I'm really excited by the quality of South African Chardonnays and also Pinotages. It's a new day for Pinotage - time to move on from those negative perceptions of acetone and burnt rubber flavours. There's a new generation of wine consumers keen to taste interesting and unusual wines. They aren't aware of the baggage around Pinotage and are ready and willing to taste the refined and elegant wines of today.”

Gina Birch interviewed Nick Gebers, owner and winemaker of Post House Wines in Floridas  The News-Press. One of her favourites was Post House  Missing Virgin. This full-bodied blend of pinotage and petit verdot is named after a stamp.

But she has some odd ideas 

Pinotage vines are the result of grafting pinot noir and cinsault, and are one of the most widely planted red varieties in South Africa. It’s a bush vine, meaning some of the grapes can actually sit in the dirt and at times you can taste the dust.

As do Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr writing in Maryland’s Capital Gazette who repeat the old canards about Pinotage, but when they actually taste Simonsig Redhill Pinotage  2014  they found it certainly proved to be an exception. This Pinotage presents as an elegant, high-end cabernet sauvignon with bright cassis, black cherry and cedar flavors and nose.
It’s a great wine but it’s not an exception.  They conclude Maybe we should keep our minds open about pinotage in the future.   Yep!

 Julia Jenkins, writing about rosés in England’s Herts Advertiser says Jeremy Borg’s Rosalind Rosé from the Pinotage grape in South Africa are elegant yet bursting with ripe berry fruit flavours and are great with food.

Thomas Rydberg in Ekstra Bladet  tested wines newly arrived in Denmark in cooperation  with wine magazine DinVinGuide. They found the best purchase was a Pinotage from South Africa.

Spier Private Collection Pinotage 2016, South Africa. 5 stars OUR BEST BUY

Dark carrots in the smell. Nicely concentrated with plum, licorice, red meat, pepper and vanilla in the taste. Well done with a nice acid. Spiced nice finish.
(translation courtesy of Google Translate)

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