Michael Olivier Sips Our Pinotage

From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is simple and elegant. In the glass, the wine is a dark plum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas and flavours segue one into the other.

Classical fruit, red berries and cherries from the Pinot parent and mulberries and forest berries from the Cinsaut. From entry there is a fresh fruit acidity which goes in a single thread to the long and gently waning aftertaste. Excellent body, good fruit on the mid palate, supported by the oak with its vanilla and spice. A wine for drinking now, though a year or two of cool cellaring will reward.

The Saxenburg Private Collection Pinotage 2017 is no quaffer, made for gentle sipping. Chill it slightly for greater enjoyment. It is a perfect food wine and loves spicy foods. A vegetarian dish, Dianne Bibby’s Ginger & Chickpea Stew is perfect as a companion.

 Michael Olivier, South African Wine & Food Commentator.

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