Pinotage - The Grape We Love to Hate
Love it or hate, Pinotage is here to stay. And if she’s going to wave the national flag for us it might be of use to figure out which way the wind blows.
What professor A.J. Perrold was thinking or hoped to achieve when crossing Cinsault with Pinto Noir is open to interpretation and up for debate.
This sommelier, for one, cannot imagine why any sane person would conclude that the offspring of two thin-skinned grapes would be suited for some of the hottest vineyards in the Cape. But, has sadly also been underwhelmed by some of the more insipid, watery, Pinot Noir esque examples produced by the more enlightened young winemakers.
That is not to say we cannot produce world-class wines from our de facto adopted national grape. On the contrary, we’ve tasted superlative expressions both light and ethereal as well as rich and brooding. The question, I guess, is; which wines make the muster and what should one look out for in a great Pinotage?
Join us on Friday the 20th of August for a heated argument, some big personalities, lots of wine and a smattering of tapas as we stack up the best that the Cape has to offer against homegrown stalwart B Vintners Liberte and the new kid on the block Angus Paul’s Mesas and Transient Land’s against industry benchmarks including Radford Dale, Reverie, Eikendal, Southern Right, Wolf & Woman, Beeslaar, Ashbourne, David & Nadia, Fram, Scions of Sinai and Spioenkop.
Somm & Co. at Karibib Wine ₢raft
18:00 for 18:30
Friday 20 August