17 February 2017

Pinotage is Changing - Roger Jones

'Bananas, chocolate box, rubber, fruit bombs, nail polish …. forget these descriptions, Pinotage is changing and there is a shining light coming from some Cape winemakers presenting a wine that is altogether more attractive, pure, precise and perfectly balanced.'

Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones travelled to South Africa to find top quality Pinotage  that would sit happily on wine lists in the UK.
Roger Jones
Roger Jones
In his article for premium on-trade magazine The Buyer he reviews wines from Rijks, Spienkop, Spier, Simonsig, Flagstone, Beeslaar, Kanonkop, Southern Right and Groot Constantia and tastes a 1969 Lanzerac.

The article is here.


11 February 2017

Lodi, California, Pinotage

Lodi Winegrape Commission have a couple of stories on Lodi Pinotage.

One features Loma Prieta in Santa Cruz, America's largest producer of Pinotage wines who use  fruit sourced from Lodi -- see here.

And the other is about the Mettler Family who farm 4 acres of Pinotage that makes its way to Loma Prieta, as well as making some under their own label. See here.


08 February 2017

Pinotage Vinegar

I am indebted to Jon Clements over at PinotageUS.com for the news that a specialist company in Pennsylvania are now producing a Pinotage vinegar.
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Supreme Vinegar LLC in Bensalem, PA  makes niche vinegars  without added sugar, chemicals, or additives  combining old techniques and modern chemistry in order to ensure the quality of the final product.

Reginald Smith, President and founder of Supreme Vinegar LLC told me:

"Right now I use only South African Pinotage wines, buying retail/wholesale by the case until I can see if the market justifies importing bulk amounts.

One case of 750 mL bottles can get me almost 6 cases of 250mL bottles of wine vinegar. I primarily use Nederburg, the most common available here in Pennsylvania, but there are some others I might add to the mix."

He'd be interested to hear of any boxed/bulk Pinotage available in the US.

Jon Clements says

"After contrasting the Pinotage Red Wine Vinegar with the regular Red Wine Vinegar the Pinotage flavors really stood out."

Read Jon's full review in his article here.