2011 Diemersfontein Pinotage Wellington

SKU #1091562

From Diemersfontein's beautiful vineyards situated in wine country 45 minutes outside of Capetown, their Pinotage is famous for its coffee and chocolate-inflected aromas and flavors and ability to pair with both sweet and savory dishes. The 2011 Diemersfontein Pinotage exhibits an intense nose of roasted cocoa bean, spiced mocha, and baked plum, with accents of toasted hazelnuts, vanilla bea, and carmelized fruits coming through on the palate. Try it with honey-balsamic glazed salmon, roasted venison, or, for a decadent treat, chocolate espresso mousse cake!

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Price: $19.99

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By: Krista Johnson |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/22/2014  | Send Email
Usually, I find South African wines (especially Pinotages) to be wonderfully funky and animalistic. This Pinotage, however, is quite different. The nose begins with the aromas of freshly ground coffee and chocolate covered black cherries. The body is rich and luscious with a smokey, lip-smacking finish that reminds me of sizzling black forest bacon. Absolutely decadent..

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
Alcohol Content (%): 14