The Wine List #36: Pinotage

imgp6886My retirement project to sample wine made from each of the main grape varieties listed in Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book.

The wine: Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Alc Vol: 14.5%

HJ says: “Singular South African cross. Has had a rocky ride, getting better from top producers.”

The label says: “Wine has been made here since 1695. Today, this family-owned winery, situated outside Stellenbosch, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, continues the tradition of producing wines of outstanding quality.”

Food combination: None on the label, which was unusually reticent in talking about the wine in any detail. We had it with a range of dishes, including chicken casserole and fish&chips.

RBVerdict: I had never liked Pinotage before, but this changed my opinion. It is one to add to the wine rack.

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