Quintessentially South African

Pinotage and politics. Two things I always get asked about when meeting winos abroad and two topics I’m rarely enthused to discuss.

It took a half Scotsman with one foot firmly planted on the African continent and a penchant for Frappato to make me appreciate Pinotage and the story that got us here.

See I am no exception when it comes to stereotypes myself. When meeting a Sicilian I think Frappato and the mafia. And much like the less savory elements of South Africa's past there’s little either us or the Italians can do to change history. But we can craft the future!

And as is so often the case with a progressive society it’s easy to become addicted to change at all cost, out of with the old and in with the new. But what does that leave us with?

Should we really strip away everything considered to be tainted until we’re left with only the best or the newest or the most pure? Clinical cities devout of any oppressive history? Empty rhetoric stripped equally of offense as well as meaning?

The wine industry, young winemakers specifically, are certainly not immune to this hysteria.

Out with overripe, over extracted burnt rubber and banana replaced with yet more esoteric new aged minimal intervention wines with 11% Alc, strange floaty bits, no oak and a retail price tag that makes grown men shiver for a wine that supposedly made itself all because it contains the spirit of the winemaker. Yet with no real indication of how this mysterious element made its way into the wine?

Could one instead be both progressive and conservative? In a world seemingly allergic to nuance at least one winemaker is looking to aid in the evolution, not revolution, of not just South African wine but also the perception thereof.

Grounded in an appreciation of tradition, born out of a passion for classic literature, a love of travel and his adopted homeland of South Africa; Angus has crafted a maiden release lineup consisting of Pinotage, Chenin Blanc and a Chenin Blanc straw wine, that are quintessentially South African with a tangible sense of place! A rare feat of updating classics without losing their spirit. 

 


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