Pinotage is often given a bad rap. But this is a mistake.—
For some reason, Pinotage has been left in a corner rather like a litter tray that no one wants to admit is still there. This is a mistake. Far from being repellent, I’ve recently tasted excellent examples from across the high street that prove Pinotage is a red wine with outstanding allure. It’s a specialism of South Africa, a crossing of Pinot Noir with Cinsault.
In years gone by it became associated with aromas of burnt rubber and even filth (not in the good way), but at a recent tasting of Tesco wines I tasted three examples, all focused on quality fruit with warming appeal. I’ve recommended two of them this week – and I’d also pick out Tesco Finest Breede River Valley Pinotage 2018 (13.5%) as a third example that I’d happily drink for £7.50. With this much choice, Pinotage is spot on to spice up your week.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
LOST IN SPICE: Western Cape, South African Pinotage 2019 (12.5%) £4.25, Tesco. Sleek and spicy – top value for weeknight dinners.
SMOKIN’ HOT!: Fairtrade Pinotage 2019 (14%) £6.99, Waitrose. Supple splendour with a scrumptious smokey flourish.
A LOVELY DROP OF CHAR: House of Dreams Pinotage 2019 (13.5%) £8, Marks & Spencers. Gorgeous fragrant red with charry scented class.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Kanonkop Estate Pinotage 2015 (13.5%) £26 Majestic. Iconic, silky and elegant red to blow your mind – as good as Pinotage gets.
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