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2008 Southern Right Pinotage Walker Bay
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

Bright, deep red.  Dark raspberry, spicy oak and mint aromas begin a bit reduced and mute but clear with air. Silky on entry, then velvety and broad in the midde, with complex, soil-driven flavors of raspberry, blackberry, smoke and spices.  Brisk acidity still needs a year or two to harmonize with the wine, but the classically dry finish is suave, vibrant and long, with a broad dusting of tannins and a whiff of woodsmoke.  This highly individual pinotage from stony, clay-rich soil shows an almost pinot-like suavity of texture.

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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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