30 June 2019

WoTM - Spier Seaward Pinotage 2017

My Wine of the Month for June is Spier ‘Seaward’ Pinotage 2017.

Spier makes  excellent Pinotage , especially their top of the range 21 Gables.

Seaward comes in a tall heavy deeply punted bottle. It was lighter bodied than I expected, but had some lovely red cherry flavours and spiciness. There was a waft of cedar wood on the nose.

There is no information about Seaward Pinotage on Spier’s website which says “Spier has spent the last two years developing a unique duo of wines that pay homage to the benefits of growing grapes along the coast. The aptly titled Seaward range is comprised of a sophisticated, lightly-wooded Chardonnay and a layered, spicy Shiraz.”

It also says “The Seaward range will be exclusively available from the Spier wine shop from May onwards, and in stores from July 2019” which is strange because I bought this in May from Majestic in the UK, and a Seaward Cabernet and Chenin are also on the UK market. 

Seaward Pinotage is priced about two-thirds of the cost of 21 Gables, and double the cost of the Signature Pinotage.

22 June 2019

Pinotage Puddings

There’s something sweet in the air, and it’s Pinotage.   This week has seen two recipes, both featuring Pinotage, from wineries about as far distant as possible.

First is Delheim Pinotage Salted Chocolate and Berry Ice Cream by Elmarie Berry who says “we absolutely love this no-churn ice cream; it is super easy to make and you will get goose bumps with every bite. Great flavour complexity and texture and the best of both worlds! 

Elmarie's recipe is here. 

From the View Winery, in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley on the north west of Canada, owner  Jennifer Turton-Molgat makes trifle from her prize winning  Pinotage Rosé.

Jennifer enjoyed her Nana’s special Sherry Jelly with whipped cream at Christmas or New Years Eve. She says 

“although we found the Sherry flavour somewhat potent as children, my brothers, sisters, cousins and I still relished the dessert. 

With the transition of our family orchard into grapevines and winemaking it seemed only natural to try using wine instead of sherry in Nana’s recipe. Pinotage Rosé is one of my personal favourites. Its vivid strawberry notes and mouth-watering acidity make a delicious, flavourful jelly.”

The View Rosé has won multiple gold awards nationally and been awarded Best Rosé at the Best of BC Wine Awards 2011.

The recipe for Jennifer Turton-Molgat Nana’s Pinotage Rosé Jelly  is here. (as reported by Jennifer Schell for Vernon Info News) 

(Image courtesy Delheim)