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2018 Beeslaar Pinotage Stellenbosch

SKU #1533032 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Owned and made by Abrie Beeslaar, the 2018 Pinotage displays a dark core with subtle purple highlights. Bursting with oak aromas of vanilla, crème brûlée and oatmeal cookie, the wine is marked with much of the same style of Kanonkop, giving way to a juicy frame with elements of Chambord, crème de cassis and macerating berries. Generous and full-bodied, the palate is rich, luscious and powerful with gobs of French oak expression laid over juicy plum and potpourri spices, before showing a balanced structure. The wine offers dark chocolate and black cherry flavors along a persistent, oak-driven essence on the elongated finish. I see where this will get better in time when the oak expression is absorbed into the fruit-forward backbone—hence the “+” sign next to my score. Inner quote mark (2/2021)

K&L Notes

96 points Tim Atkin, MW: "(14.5%). Abrie Beeslaar sources his Pinotage from sandier soils than the ones he uses to make Kanonkop's Black Label release. The result is a slightly brighter, more scented wine with less weight and concentration but engaging finesse and palate length. Silky and supple, it's a red that shows the Pinot Noir side of the grape's personality, with fine tannins and sweet summer berry flavours. 2022-28."


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