2013 FRAM Pinotage Citrusdal Mountain

SKU #1259365

The much maligned grape variety Pinotage doesn't have many champions in the wine world...but I'm one of them. After decades of mediocrity I can't really blame people for thinking that Pinotage sucks. As the South African wine buyer for K&L I admit that most of the ones I taste for potential inclusion in our selections are pretty bad. However this is not the fault of the grape. There isn't anything inherently bad about Pinotage. In my opinion the problem is that much of South Africa's Pinotage is planted in poor vineyard sites and very few winemakers treat it with the respect they give to other more highly regarded varietals. If you plant Pinot Noir in a crappy place, and don't try very hard when making the wine it isn't going to be great. That has been the fate of many a Pinotage. But...every now and again a great one comes along without any of those negative traits people associate with the grape (Band Aid, burnt rubber, iodine...). Instead wines like FRAM show the true beauty of this grape...its deep earthy fruit, briary notes, aromatic lift, and succulent mid-palate fruit. This is much more akin to a top class southern Rhone wine than your stereotypical underperforming Pinotage. Check it out. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Wine Merchants S. African Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2016 | Send Email
This is an absolutely gorgeous bottle of Pinotage. Dark and lush fruit, leather, a subtle smoky meatiness on the back end, with a long finish that seduces you to drink more. A perfect example of how, when done right and planted in the right soils, Pinotage can be a very great experience to enjoy. This is also a perfect place for those not as familiar or unfamiliar with this varietal. Ready to enjoy now or in the mid-term. Enjoy, I know I will!

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- 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.