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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

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ColourRed

RegionStellenbosch

GrowerVriesenhof

Grape VarietyPinotage

Vintage2017

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeVRI317

Style

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...

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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...

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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.

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