92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
(made from 50-year-old bush vines; aged for 15 months in French oak, 70% new): Deep red-ruby. Aromas of cherry, mocha and spices. Dense, pure and deep, with compelling complexity and sweetness to its cherry and dark berry flavors. Lovely lush pinotage with solid structure under its supple tannins. Consistently one of South Africa's elite examples of this variety. Drink now or over the next ten years.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
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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