Southern Right Pinotage 2009, Walker Bay, South Africa

The Southern Right estate is located close to the old fishing village of Hermanus near Walker Bay in South Africa and is exposed to the cooling breezes of the ocean which is around 3km away. The vineyard is named after the Southern Right whales which frequent the Hermanus area and is heavy in clay.

The Southern Right Pinotage 2009 is a blend with Pinotage 94.0%, Petit Verdot 2.0%, Malbec 2.0%, Cab 1.0%, and Cab Franc 1.0%. This vintage was characterised by a higher than usual number of sunshine days but which did not result in excessive heat and 2009 was a cooler vintage than average. The grapes of 2009 were characterized by high acidity, low pH, excellent colour, prominent fruit perfume and high tannin. 

Long notes of oak, smokiness, spice mix with fruit in this excellent example of a Pinotage with cooler climate character. There is no overpowering fruit here due to the cooling sea breezes as can be the case with many Pinotage's but plenty of cherry and plum like aromas and flavour on the way down. A very different experience and one to be recommended if you're looking for something different to the bog standard shiraz and cabernet sauvignon from the southern hemisphere.

The Grinder 2011 Pinotage S. Africa

This pinotage from the Western Cape of South Africa does was it says on the tin - you are hit by fruit, chocolate and coffee. Cocoa, raspberry and spice all in one. This wine has a lot going on, one of the reasons why it stood out. Not subtle by any means, but brilliant with red meat. A really nice Pinotage at a reasonable price.

DeWaal Pinotage 2009 Stellenbosch South Africa



I really enjoyed this pinotage from Stellenboschkloof Valley 7km to the west of Stellenbosch in the Cape area of South Africa. Not over powered with fruit but plenty of complexity of cherries and plums. Juicy and full bodies that is for certain. South African pinotage is seldom highly rated, but this is a superb accompanient for a steak on the BBQ.