2016 Diemersfontein Pinotage Wellington SKU #1385890

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Tasting Notes

With almost no other wine region in the world producing this unique varietal, South Africa has forged the way in the polarizing world of Pinotage. A genetic cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, it was created in South Africa in 1925 by Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University. Perold sought to combine the best qualities of both varietals, highlighting the heartier qualities of Cinsault and the elegant, ethereal ones of Pinot Noir. Production and quality of Pinotage bottlings have grown exponentially since it was first introduced. The grape produces a wide range of styles from light and fruity to tannic and rich, making it fun to explore, but perhaps a little intimidating. For this wine, grapes were sourced from six distinctive vineyards in Wellington, creating a blend with complexity and verve. From the winemaker: "On the nose distinct coffee, rich dark chocolate and baked plums. The ripe subtle tannins create a wine to be drunk very young. This unique style of Pinotage is a perfect accompaniment to salmon, roast venison and even chocolate mousse."

Staff Reviews

  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the richest and darkest fruited Pinotages on the shelf, this is a blend of fruit from six vineyards in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Dominated by notes of coffee and chocolate, this wine could be paired with lamb stew or prime rib, but the winery really feels it fits best with rich chocolate lava cake.


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