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Radford Dale Frankenstein Pinotage 2013

Come up to the lab and see what's on the slab.

Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab.

Calling your Pinotage “Frankenstein” recalling novelist Mary Shelley’s  monster who becomes terrifying to its creator appeals to my sense of humour especially when the actual wine is anything but.

Frankenstein Pinotage fits among the Winery of Good Hope’s Radford Dale tier of wines and is a new-wave rendition, in a similar vein to that of Elgin producer Spioenkop.

Grapes come from unirrigated bushvines over 40 years old planted in clay-rich Helderberg soils. Fermentation occurs spontaneously and extraction is very gentle before maturation in second- and third-fill 228-litre barrels.

The 2013 shows red and black cherries, a definite and enticing floral note plus some spice, cinnamon in particular. The wine is medium bodied – a good core of fruit, fresh acidity and nicely grippy tannins. Very more-ish which you can’t often say about this grape. Price: R284 a bottle.

Score: 91/100.

Comments

  1. The 2013 is if anything more supple than the 2012, though with Pinotage’s hallmark tannins always present. By using partial carbonic maceration, we have been able to tame those tannins a little better than in 2012 and to enhance the textural side of the wine at the same time. The spicy and Rhonish characteristics of the 2012 are also present in the 2013 but perhaps with a better overall equilibrium. In my opinion…

  2. Christian says:

    Hi Kwispedoor, As it so happened, I tasted the 2012 next to the 2013 and while also very pretty, I thought it didn’t have quite the same fruit concentration. Score: 89/100.

  3. Kwispedoor says:

    I have only tasted the 2012 and was really impressed with it, even though I’ve only tasted it fleetingly at a wine show. From your notes, the 2013 seems to be stylistically the same. Have you tasted the 2012 at all, Christian?

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