If you’ve been living under a rock (the big rock here in CT) you will definitely know about the wiles of the proudly South African varietal, Pinotage. Created by Professor Abraham Izak Perold, the first professor of viticulture at the University of Stellies, this cross breeding of the Pinot Noir and Cinsault varietals produced what we now know as Pinotage. Since 1925 this varietal has come under some scrutiny from the international world, bearing the opinion that one either loves it or opts to drink beer.
There are two ways that vintners have been known to treat Pinotage: like a Pinot Noir or like a Cinsault. The Pinot-inspired lot use the Burgundian method which creates a lighter style wine with red berry and earthy qualities. The other uses a technique similar to that found in the Southern Rhone regions which produce a darker, richer wine finished in French oak. Rumour has it that when blended with Viognier it produces delightful results as the sweeter, floral notes blend well with the weighty Pinotage.
Long story short? There’s a lot of Pinotage to taste so you might as well do it all in one fell swoop at the #PinotageOnTap festival happening in October.
Date: 13 October 2012
Venue: Diemersfontein Estate, Jan van Riebeck Drive (R301), Wellington
Tickets are available through computicket for R320 or including lunch, R750. OR win tickets from yours truly.
Q: How much wine would it take for you to ride the Bronco Bull at the #PinotageOnTap festival?
A: must inlcude the hash tag #PinotageOnTap, as well as the ticket sponsor @Computicket (don’t make them feel left out).
Winners will be drawn tomorrow evening, Tuesday 28 August at 18:00.