30 June 2023

WoTM - Kaapzicht Estate Rooiland Pinotage 2020

My Wine of The Month for June is Kaapzicht Estate Rooiland Pinotage 2020.

The retro label says it is 'a homage to classic Pinotage' which might put some people off. Their loss. This is a thoroughly modern wine, silky sleek and bursting with black fruit flavours. I am not sure I'd identify it as Pinotage in a blind tasting. It's full bodied, has a great depth of flavour, and - yes- there is that varietal sweetness.

It's name 'rooiland' refers to the red soil in which the unirrigated bush vines were planted in 1995 and 1997.

After fermentation and malo the wine was aged 16-18 months in 300L oak barrels and then concrete tanks till bottling.

It's a tremendous wine by any standard and I've ordered more.

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