This Pinotage has the benefit of age, allowing it to be remarkably balanced and drinkable now. Bright red berry notes are laced with accents of vanilla and cured meat. The mouth is ripe and satiny, with dusty tannins and a finish loaded with sweet smoke flavors.
Pinotage is known to be long lived, and this 6-year-old still seems young. Smoky aromas of roasted salsa, dark berry and brown leaf are forceful, while the cherry/berry flavors are plenty fruity, mixed with tobacco, mineral and smoke. Good tannin and acidity are tinged with sweetness, but the finish is smoky and dry.
The chunky, heavy tar and smoked meat aromas are a bit over the top, and the plump and juicy cherry fruit doesn’t quite flow off of the bouquet. All in all, though, it’s pleasant even if it’s overwhelmingly fruity and lacking nuance. —M.S.
This blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Pinotage, and the remainder Merlot has nice aromas of balsam, red fruit, and spice. But the palate is heavy and chunky, with the 14% alcohol showing through. Sour cherry and dark berry flavors dominate, but are marred by band-aid flavors.