Kaapzicht Estate Pinotage 2005 - Stellenbosch, South Africa
The colour of fresh blood that is just starting to dry - developing some brick to its hue.
There's an earthy, pongy (ie stinky) aroma of sweet leather and sheep dung. It's slightly bitter smelling too although you can smell a creaminess to the oak that comes through after a while.
Quite salty in palate - salty, herbal and meaty - like rosemary over roasting game meat with bittersweet red fruit and tannins that are firm but smooth. Taste is so much better than nose suggests to a Brett fiend and although the aroma is a little off putting to me, I'm glad I put it in my mouth.
100% Pinotage with extended maturation in small French Oak barrels.
14.5% alcohol. Cork closure. NZ$28.
Back label recommends aging for 5 to 8 years.Steytler By Kaapzicht Estate Vision Cape Blend 2003 - Stellenbosch, South Africa
A dense rich red, starting to brick but quite intense in its depth and hue.
A sweeter, richer, savoury wine on the nose. Hints of cigar box and spice with a deep earthy richness and just a hint of vanilla - and so clean compared to the Kaapzicht Pinotage 2005 tasted alongside it.
Vanillin oak (reminiscent of American oak but back label says French oak) comes through in the palate of this juicy, spicy and slightly peppery blockbuster - it reminds me of some Australian Shiraz's mid-palate, but finishes more savoury and herbal with succulent blueberry / blackberry fruit and then that sweet oak kicks in again. Even after two days, it is still succulent and delicious - but by now more savoury notes - and even a hint of barnyard - are starting to come through.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Pinotage (40%) and Merlot (10%), individually matured for 19 months in small French oak barrels, this is very good wine and its youthful colour is not indicative of its six years of age. The notes on the bottle seem contradictory too - they say it will age well for 3-5 years, but tasting it at six years old, so I would say for much, much longer.
It has 14.5% alcohol on the label, a cork closure and costs NZ$57.
These wines are imported into New Zealand by http://www.planetwine.co.nz
. I tasted them on 5th May 2009.