Back to all wines
Vriesenhof, Pinotage, Stellenbosch, 2017

Vriesenhof, Pinotage, Stellenbosch, 2017

Pinotage, a grape created in the Cape in 1925 as a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is a Marmite grape, dividing wine drinkers into two camps. When you taste a bright, lively one, it's time to get stuck in, especially as Pinotage goes so... Read More

Out of Stock
Why not try one of these instead?
View Our Suggestions

Email me when available

ColourRed

RegionStellenbosch

GrowerVriesenhof

Grape VarietyPinotage

Vintage2017

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeVRI317

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Vriesenhof

Stellenbosch, South Africa

To visit Vriesenhof is to spend time with a Cape legend. 

Founder, owner and cellar master is Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee. Son of a west coast farmer, in the 1970s he was simultaneously both a Springbok under Doc Craven and winemaker at Kanonkop.

In 1980 he bought his own farm on the windy slopes of Paradyskloof on the southern...

Discover More Vriesenhof

Pinotage

Pinotage: a living national treasure or "the only grape variety which is carcinogenic"?

Pinotage is the one original South African grape, developed by Abraham Perold in Stellenbosch in 1925 by crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsault, then known as Hermitage.

It has the acidity of the former parent and the warm generosity of the latter. South Africans can’t make up...

Discover More Pinotage

Here’s the full tasting note for...

Vriesenhof, Pinotage, Stellenbosch, 2017

Pinotage, a grape created in the Cape in 1925 as a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is a Marmite grape, dividing wine drinkers into two camps. When you taste a bright, lively one, it's time to get stuck in, especially as Pinotage goes so well with steak, barbecued meat of any kind and even spicy meat curries. A delightfully open, raspberry perfume barely prepares you for the burst of juicy, savoury, high-toned raspberry fruit and great depth of flavour - the latter perhaps because it's based on a low-yielding block planted in 1976. 18 months in old barrels has just rounded this out nicely. Honest, vibrant Pinotage with a backbone too. Now-2023

To visit Vriesenhof is to spend time with a Cape legend. Founder, owner and cellar master is Jan 'Boland' Coetzee. Son of a west coast farmer, in the 1970s he was simultaneously both a Springbok under Doc Craven and winemaker at Kanonkop. In 1980 he bought his own farm on the windy slopes of Paradyskloof on the southern edge of Stellenbosch. In the 1980s he was one of the first suitcase smugglers of Chardonnay cuttings (in his son's nappies or the lining of a jacket) from Burgundy into the Cape. Though he was a mover and shaker, he also worked with enormous patience - he had loved Pinot Noir for over two decades but didn't release one until he felt ready in 1990. Earlier this year he completed his 54th vintage. Yet there he was in March 2020, humbly pouring wine for visitors.

Always friendly and helpful-much better than supermarket wines for not much more! The doorstep dozen is brilliant!

G Campbell

Read More
I have used Stone, Vine & Sun for a number of years now and have found their advice in seeking wines to my taste most helpful. They have often found some small vineyards that need assistance and have provided excellent wines. I will always look to support my local services where possible, for if we do not they will cease to exist leaving faceless conglomerates. They are always a happy organisation to interact with and their local delivery service works very well.

Eian M

Read More
Great service and fantastic products. We have never had a bad bottle with any of our orders, and I can guarantee your friends will not have the same producers/vintages available at Stone, Vine, & Sun.

John K

Read More
As always SVS delivered my recent order next working day with no errors. My only problem with them as a wine merchant is that they regularly send me more mouth watering offers than my budget or my cellar can cope with. My kind of merchant. So many great finds, many from less fashionable (read expensive) regions, but always carefully selected, good value and good of their kind.

E Wood

Read More
Many classic wines plus lots examples from independents practicing natural methods including a good selection from South Africa. The price spectrum includes many delicious wines under £10. An informative website makes ordering simple with rapid delivery. This year I confidently dipped my toe into en Primeur from Burgundy based on advice. They have won many awards and I expect SVS to win many more. Brian from Kent.

B Wallace

Read More
This is my all time favourite wine merchant. Innovative in approach, with a wonderful selection of new and old world wines. By far the best delivery service too, even in these straitened times!

R Bamber

Read More
More Reviews
Close

We use cookies to provide the best possible browsing experience.

If you continue without changing your settings we'll assume you're happy to receive our cookies.

However, if you would like to you can change this at any time by changing your browser settings, find out more by clicking here.Okay. I got it.