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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
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