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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Beyerskloof Pinotage

This week I tried my first Pinotage wine, the 2005 from Beyerskloof Winery. The wine was recommended by one of our local wine stores, Out of Site Wines. I'm not sure if all Pinotage wines taste similar, but this was very interested. The wine is dry and full bodied with an initial plum flavor. However that flavor quickly turns spicy into a long smoky finish. And I mean smoky - reminiscent of some single malt scotches. After the first startling sip, I gradually became accustomed to the smokiness and found that the wine mellowed after decanting. It also went down well with sausage pizza. If you want to find out more about Pinotage check out The Pinotage Club and wait for a future Wine 101 article.

1 comment:

Peter May - The Pinotage Club said...

Glad you enjoyed the 2005 Beyerskloof, but look for the 2006 vintage (it was released almost a year ago) because I think it - the 2006 - was thebest they've ever made.

(and thanks for the mention)