Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2010, and Pinotage (the Grape)

25 Nov

Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2010, Swartland, South Africa

A nice pinotage (Don’t know this grape? See more below!) from the Swartland region of South Africa, a valley approximately 50km north of Cape Town.

Color: bright ruby. Nose: ripe red fruit. In the mouth, fruity and forward pino: dominated by raspberry and red plum, tight tannins with gentle acidity and a decent finish with oak and sandstone rounds out the palate. Light and easy-going, a pleasant wine that paired nicely with both salmon and pasta in a tomato sauce. Sold with an easy-access screwtop cap, I found this locally at $11/bottle, seen online as low as $8/bottle. A nice, flexible bottle to have on hand for lighter fare, a housewarming gift, tailgating, or a picnic.

For more information on Riebeek, check out the Riebeek Cellars website.

Pinotage, if you aren’t aware, is a grape varietal hybrid that was cross-bred between Pinot Noir and Cinsault ( aka Hermitage, hence the term ‘pinotage’) grapes. Pinotage is known for tropical fruit flavors, which historically include banana, a flavor and scent I’ve never experienced in a wine. The pinotage grape breed was created in South Africa and is nearly exclusive there, gaining popularity in the late 1990’s. To me, it compares well with both Pinot Noir and  Syrah- fruity, forward, youthful, with a touch of spice, and worth knowing and trying!

For more information on pinotage, here’s a good description from Wine Access.

à votre santé!

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