Would you believe it?
#PinotageDay does exist!
On the second Saturday in October (so, 12th for 2019), you really should get yourself at least one bottle of
#Pinotage from #Fraziers #WineStudio in #Solihull.
Come and taste some* in-store, this weekend.
#Pinotage is considered to be the "National" grape of South Africa and, with exciting new producers using modern wine-making techniques, is well worth trying when you're out looking for something a bit different for that weekend bottle.
Long gone are the burnt rubber flavours and mouth puckering tannins of old, replaced with rich fruit and subtle use of oak ageing to give excellent drinking pleasure.
Here are a few of our current favourite wines that are made in four different regions of the cape winelands:
Painted Wolf “The Den” * from the Paarl area, this #Pinotage is soft and juicy, with mulberry fruit, spice, chocolate and toast flavours that works a treat with the Mexican chicken dish, “Mole Poblano”. Bring on the chocolate!
Rickety Bridge from uber-trendy #Franschhoek, produces a #Pinotage that has ripe, plum fruit, concentrated, velvety texture and a combination of dark chocolate and light, smoky notes. Pour some plum sauce onto a roasted chicken breast and just add wine… heaven on a plate (and in a glass!)
Kaapzicht is in the ‘grown up’ region of #Stellenbosch. All the serious wine producers (but not all the up-and-coming ones) are based here. With this #Pinotage you get rich notes of prunes and sour cherries, olives and a hefty dose of new oak… vanilla, cedar, smoke… it’s all there. As for food, you can work up a hearty appetite by chasing down an ostrich (they’re FAST!), and cooking up some on the barbecue. A large steak deserves an even larger glass of their #Pinotage for all that effort.
Groot Constantia is one for the wine aficionado who also appreciates a good curry, or a spicy, local South African style beef “Bobotie”. A full bodied wine, with lots of ripe red fruits, pepper & clove spice and a beautiful, elegant finish. If you want to be subtle, try it with a slow roasted leg of lamb.
Either way, try it with a #PINOTAGE this weekend.