2010 Scali "Kalkis Vineyard" Pinotage Voor-Paardeberg Paarl

SKU #1170030

Hand-harvested from the organically farmed Kalkis Vineyard in Paarl. Tiny clusters of pristine Pinotage fruit is carried in 20lb hand-crates directly to an open top wooden fermenter. Fermentation is slow and with entirely native or wild yeasts. The wine is basket pressed and put to French oak barriques (20% new) for 20 months. The wine is then bottled completely unfined and unfiltered. Only 250 cases were produced in total. The wine is highly perfumed of ripe red berries, baking spices, rose petals and raspberry liqueur. The palate is wonderfully soft and supple with ripe tannins and lush texture. It finishes fresh with just the right amount of acidity to balance the riper elements of the wine. Surely one of the finest Pinotage offerings that we have come across.

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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2014 | Send Email
Quite possibly the best Pinotage I've ever tasted. This mountain vine beauty has loads of cassis and blackberry flavors that cascade into pepper spice. It is ripe and full with a hint of tobacco, and completely lacks the Pinotage stink that is usually associated with the grape. This is what Pinotage is capable of if planted in the right place!

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
This is hands-down the finest expression of this varietal I have ever tasted. This smells like a clean, classy N. Rhone Syrah with its sweet, dark raspberry fruit, spice and iron minerality on the finish. This is sophisticated, perfectly proportioned and delicious. If you hate Pinotage or love Pinotage or have never tasted Pinotage, do yourself a favor and try this tonight.

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