2015 David & Nadia Pinotage Siebritskloof Swartland

SKU #1281651 93 points Decanter

 Pinotage like you’ve never had it before! David & Nadia Sadie focus on organic, dry-farmed bush vines on different soils across Swartland - these grapes come from the highest plots on the Paardebosch farm in Paardeberg - and they make their wines as naturally as possible. Early harvesting has given great freshness to the spicy, plum fruit and there’s lovely gentle toasty notes from 14 months in old French oak barrels. Beautiful label too, showing the bush vines and contour lines of the vineyard.

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (13.5% alcohol): Bright medium red. Captivating herbal, brushy lift to the aromas of strawberry, nutmeg and dried flowers; very distinctive Pinotage from a region not known for the variety. This wine's perfumed spicy lift reminds me of Rhône varieties like Syrah and Mourvèdre. Juicy, floral red berry fruits are framed by brisk acidity and accented by a suggestion of blood orange. Not at all a fat style but quite penetrating and delineated. I'd love to slip this silky, highly distinctive Pinotage into a blind tasting far from South Africa--but of what category of wines? Finishes with firm-edged, tongue-dusting tannins and excellent lift.

Jancis Robinson

 So accomplished! A thoroughbred. Excellent crunch and clarity. Pure, refined, modern. A world apart from the dirt and rubber of the old days of Pinotage. (RH)  (9/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Pinotage comes from non-irrigated vines planted in the early 1990s in the Paardeberg Mountains. It offers brambly red berry fruit on the nose, undergrowth, fern and light granite-like aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, fine acidity, winding back a little on the second half to create a more rustic, but quite complex finish that leaves traces of black pepper on the aftertaste. Enjoy this Pinotage over the next 4-6 years. (NM)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

Forget what you think you know about Pinotage and check this wine out! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L S.African Wine Buyer)

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5