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Neethlingshof Pinotage 1984

After presenting his new-release The Owl Post Pinotage 2014 yesterday, Neethlingshof winemaker De Wet Viljoen showed a wine blind to a small group of media and asked us to guess the vintage – it clearly had some age but was by no means decrepit and I guessed 1995, arguably the best vintage of that decade. […]

April 6, 2016
by Christian
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Neethlingshof The Owl Post Pinotage 2014

De Wet Viljoen, cellarmaster at Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch, today showed the new release 2014 of his top-end Pinotage called The Owl Post next to some older vintages and very well it showed, too. I liked the 2013 well enough but it was looking a bit awkward next to it successor which seems to have a […]

April 6, 2016
by Christian
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The new Pinotage

From the February issue of Decanter: Those keeping a close watch on the South African wine scene will have noted the very fine own-label wines of David and Nadia Sadie, the couple at the forefront of the new generation winemakers. Sadie, aged 31, recently took up a position at the Swartland property Paardebosch. There’s a […]

February 4, 2016
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Kanonkop Pinotage 2006

After tasting through a variety of rather poor new releases (no names, no pack drill), I lost patience and decided to open a bottle of Pinotage 2006 from Kanonkop in Stellenbosch, a wine which won Vertias double gold as well as placing among the Absa Top 10 in 2011. Despite an abv of 14.5% and […]

November 20, 2015
by Christian
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Longridge Pinotage 2013

Is Pinotage becoming fashionable again after the wilderness years? At the very least, it’s no longer the butt of wine geek jokes (that falls to Merlot) and it’s wines like that from Longridge that show the way forward. Fermentation occurred spontaneously and maturation lasted 20 months in a combination of first- through fourth-fill barrels. Red […]

October 30, 2015
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Southern Right Pinotage 2014

“2014 was a lighter vintage and Pinotage plays well to this,” says Anthony Hamilton Russell, co-owner of the Southern Right brand, his point being that given the variety’s abundant fruit and firm tannins, less can be more. If the 2013 vintage with its 20% new oak and 14.21% abv was just a bit foursquare (see […]

October 7, 2015
by Christian
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Paardebosch Pinotage 2014

David Sadie of Swartland property Paardebosch says he’s “not looking within South Africa for inspiration” when it comes to making Pinotage. He typically finds local examples too dour and uses a rugby analogy: “As a young player, you can model yourself on either the Springboks or the All Blacks. In New Zealand, ball skills are prized and you have to […]

September 13, 2015
by Christian
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Finalists for Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards 2015 reviewed

An extraordinarily gracious reception by De Wet Viljoen, cellarmaster of Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch, and also vice-chairman of the Pinotage Association who today laid on a blind tasting of the 20 finalists in this year’s Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards. Here’s how I rated the line-up: 94 Windmeul Reserve 2014 Price: R100 Red and black fruit, […]

September 9, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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