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Wine Review: Zebra View Pinotage 2011


As grape varieties go Pinotage seems to have developed a bit of a Marmite tag, you either love it or hate it. I’ve never been able to work out why! Maybe it’s a lack of understanding; after all, genealogically speaking, it’s still a relatively new genus.

The grape comes from South Africa. It was first developed in the 1920’s as a cross between two of France’s stalwarts, Northern Rhone‘s Cinsault and Burgundy’s Pinot Noir. Commercial plantings began during the 1940’s but it wasn’t until the early sixties that the first wine from Stellenbosch, labelled as Pinotage, was produced under the Lanzerac brand. Other countries are beginning to dabble with Pinotage but there is no doubt, this grape belongs to South Africa.

Zebra View Pinotage 2011

This wine comes from the Pederberg Winery, South Africa, under the guidance of winemaker Riaan Moller. To those who need a reminder as to how versatile Pinotage can be, you’re not going to go too far wrong with this one. Surprisingly easy and fresh, with soft red berry, summer fruits floating around your nose. A very pleasant Medium bodied wine that exhibits soft bramble, raspberry, blackberry fruit. Very simple and uncomplicated!
When the summer finally kicks in and you are looking for that alternative summer red, take a wander on down to your local Marks & Spencer. At £7.49 per bottle it’s proving great value for money. Lovely!

Drink on its own or with pork and cranberry dishes.

Mike’s rating 7.5 – 10

Prices correct at time of publication. Subject to availability

All reviews are my own. I am not paid for any reviews I write. I will always give an honest assessment of the wines I taste and review

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5 comments on “Wine Review: Zebra View Pinotage 2011

  1. whineandcheersforwine
    July 5, 2012

    My first introduction to Pinotage earlier this year was an epiphany making me think it was a new addition to my favorites list. So much so that I wrote about it on my blog [ http://whineandcheersforwine.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/my-first-time-warm-and-cozy-with-drakenskloof-2009-reserve-pinotage/ ]. Unfortunately I then tried another that had the complete opposite effect. Like with any varietal I realize variables are always a constant so with that said I want to thank you for reminding me about the Pinotage. Your review has made me want to go shopping for a Pinotage self hosted wine tasting session ASAP!
    Regards,
    Ernest.

    • Pinotage is a bit of an enigma to itself! I like it though. I love wines that show diversity within its own genus.
      As a variety it is still in the minority, when it comes to retailer representation.
      A few goodies, hope you can find them stateside, Kanonkop, Beyerskloof, Fairview, Bellingham. There are more, just can’t think of them right now.

      Mike.

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