21 June 2018

UK Plants Pinotage

Planting of the UK's first Pinotage will start today 21 June 2018 at  Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens.

Construction of the current Italianite style Leonardslee House (above) commenced in1853. Its 200 acres of gardens are listed Grade I in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.

The property is owned by British entrepreneur Penny Streeter who also owns Mannings Heath Golf Club and Vineyard in England and Benguela Estate in Bot River, South Africa.

The new 1 hectare Pinotage vineyard brings the total of vines under cultivation to 66,000 over 16 hectares at the two sites in Sussex.

South African winemaker Johann Fourie, who was Chief Winemaker at KWV, plans to produce 50,000 bottles of sparkling wine annually  from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier - and now Pinotage.


09 June 2018

Anura Pinotage Reserve 2016

I was taken with the Anura Pinotage Reserve 2016 that Emil Kanstinger was pouring at last months London Wine Fair.

Emil told me that it spent 18 months in 80% new and 20% second fill oak barrels, 75% French, 25% American.

It had a good red colour and was soft and ripely fruity; blackberry and plums, and there was a deliciously spicy uplift with a touch of Pinotage sweetness on the finish. Super wine.