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Hazy View Pinotage

Pinotage

Western Cape, South Africa

Alc. 14 %

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$24.99
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There are two significant points about the Hazy View Pinotage: The Region and the Grape Variety. Pinotage is South Africa’s signature grape variety and part of the Pinot family.

The grape is the result of a science experiment gone very, very right! In the early 1900s, Pinot Noir was crossed with the grape variety Cinsault (san-SO). Still not sure why it's called Pinotage? In South Africa, Cinsault used to be known as Hermitage so when you combine Pinot and the last part of Hermitage, you get Pinot-tage.

It has taken many years for the quality and reputation of South African Pinotage to improve and it has now risen to a level that gives consumers everything from easy-drinking, crushable wines to serious, ageworthy offerings. You’ll find the Hazy View Pinotage has lots of complexity but is also a great chill-out, backyard BBQ wine. After all, you shouldn't have to compromise on quality when you want an approachable wine. Be careful not to serve this one too warm or the flavours will be too jammy and indistinguishable. We recommend a serving temperature of about 16-18 C. Drink now to 2023.

Look

Light ruby colour with a pale rim just at the edge.

Smell

A bright, complex nose full of fresh raspberries, marzipan, tobacco and Swedish berry candies. You’ll also get a hint of truck tires on a hot day, which adds to the unique character that is sometimes associated with South African wine. The mineral notes and rubber are kept in check with the ample fruit.

Taste

The tannins are low to moderate, and body is medium to light, but the flavour is definitely big. High acidity will make your mouth water while a burst of red cherry, ripe raspberry, plum, dark chocolate and a touch of lime rush over your palate. The finish seems to last an eternity where you’ll find a touch of green twig and tobacco mixed with all that ripe fruit. You’ll find yourself wanting another refreshing sip right away, as this wine delivers in uniqueness.

Pairing

Smoked meats with old fashioned, grainy mustard and crostini are a great match for Pinotage, but don’t leave out the veggies! Grilled vegetables on the BBQ with just a dash of seasoning work best.

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