I was introduced to South African wine about 15+ years ago. When I first heard about Pinotage, it really didn’t mean that much to me. I thought the taste was different and a bit bitter. I tasted, I may have bought one or two bottles and then never thought much more about it.
While on one of my wine searching shopping trips, I decided to ask the wine experts at the wine store. “What do you have in a Pinotage?” His eyes lite up and the wine guy motioned for me to follow him. I had imagined that I would be escorted to a private VIP room because I had inadvertently uttered the secret password to allow access to the secret wine society there … or … I just have an overactive imagination. The later proved true – we went to aisle 3 titled “other reds”. How sad – Pinotage doesn’t even have it’s own category yet.
The taste on this wine is one I really, really like personally. It seems you are either a fan of Pinotage or you scuff at it … not many people are in-between on this grape. However, this particular Pinotage is from 45 year old, low yielding bushvines. The grape is then matured in French and American Oak barrels. You get a full bodied wine experience with this wine. Rich, ripe berries carried with a cinnamon spice nose with plum and black cherry fruit flavors! It’s a very interesting and rich experience.
The price on this wine? I bought this bottle here in Florida for about $22… I’m sure the price will vary state to state as well as different vintages.
I’m anxious to try different wines from Graham Beck Wines … if their other wines taste as good as this one, I think I might have another “winner” in my glass!
Video from Graham Beck Wines about Pinotage:
Have you tried this wine? Do you have a favorite Pinotage?