2006 Tumara Pinotage Stellenbosch
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinotage
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa
88 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2009
($17) Good full red. Aromas of raspberry, chocolate, tobacco and smoky oak. At once sweet and savory, with flavors of bitter cherry, plum and raspberry complemented by smoke and tobacco elements. Very pinotage, finishing with good grip and length but fairly soft tannins. (57 Main Street Wine Co., Garden City, NY)
About South Africa
South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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Pinotage is a recent addition to the wine world, having been created in South Africa in 1925, by Stellenbosch University Professor A.I Perold. Perold crossed the Pinot Noir and Cinsaut grapes with the aim of acquiring the best qualities of both parents: classic Pinot Noir flavors with a bountiful crop from sturdy, disease resistant vines. Initially, Pinotage failed to meet this promise, and...
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