The lush slopes of Keeromsberg Mountains and their 7000 ft (2134 m) elevation are perfect for growing Pinotage, South Africa's secret weapon of wine quality.
Bred as a cross between Pinot Noir and the Rhone grape Cinsault, Pinotage creates a wine that echoes the delicacy and subtlety of its Burgundy parent, yet shows intense fruitiness and peppery spiciness. Its deep intense ruby color has purple highlights. The layered aromas of raspberry, spices, red cherry, and fruitcake yield to a rich complexity of flavors including raspberry, vanilla, plums, and coffee. In addition, Pinotage is unique as a red wine because it has a subtle aroma of banana in the finish. Although it ages and mellows very well, the engaging fruitiness makes it a good candidate for early drinking. Food pairings: biltong (antelope jerky), barbeque, game or red meats.
Oak Intensity: Medium
The 16 liters of varietal juice from international vineyards makes 6 gallons, providing approximately 30 bottles of wine.