An oaky, spicy Swartland version of this popular variety, the wine has nice dark fruit flavors with touches of chocolate and a medium-full body that is just shy of showing alcoholic heat in the mouth. Finishes with a hint of leather.
From the highly rated Swartland cooperative, this wine has fresh fruit, a touch of softness and ripe, clean apple flavors. It balances richness and freshness very easily. Imported by Hemongway & Hale.
From an area formerly known for wheat and tobacco comes this co-op produced premium wine. This Pinotage is inky-purple in color with fresh, grapy whiffs of dark berry and spice, with lemony overtones. Full-bodied and creamy in the mouth, it has flavors of spice, purple fruit and straw with a lemony-citrus finish. Imported by Hemingway & Hale.
Earthy, leathery and peppery scents on this Swartland offering will appeal to fans of a more grounded Shiraz, and the flavors follow suit. Berry and tobacco layers are folded into smooth tannins, but the wine has structure. It’s a little on the rustic side, though with a good barbecue the edge might be evened out.