3 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Juicy banana & heady clove, uncluttered by new oak, make 20 (85 pts) the perfect foil for succulent sausage done over the coals.
The spirit of braai is captured in this Pinotage, South Africa’s only native grape that is a hybrid between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, a perfect pairing for meat cooked over a flame. One of our winemakers expressed that to him, Pinotage has often tasted neither like Pinot Noir or Cinsault, its parent grapes. In Braai Pinotage the mission is to create a wine that has intensity but with more delicate aromatics and body than most other bottlings out there. Soils consist of decomposed granite situated approximately 656 feet above sea level, benefiting from the cool winds blowing in from the ocean. Vines are a combination of young and old—the younger vines deliver grapes that carry ripe dark fruit characteristics while the older vines provide grapes with dark fruit and spicy aromas. Grapes are harvested by hand in the cool early morning hours.
The wine is aged in a combination of 225 liter and 300 liter French oak barrels for 13 months. It was racked off the fine lees, blended and bottled.