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Re: Wine Focus for June 2017: South Africa

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:57 am

Another bottle of the 2013 Secateurs Chenin Blanc last evening. Did not think much change from a previous TN so here goes.

TN: 2013 Badenhorst Family Wines Chenin Blanc Secateurs, Swartland SA.

Guess my third bottle. $18 Cdn, SC, 13.5% alc.

Pale yellow color, herbal mineral nose, not too waxy(?). "Ripe tropical fruit nose" comment from across the table. I found it quite appealing..quine and melon on the second day.
Initial entry thought is off-dry, good acidity, mineral tones, ripe apple, pear. Nice grip on the finish, some tartness, has held up very well overnight.
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WTN: Bellevue Estate ‘Houdamond’ Pinotage 2009

by Peter May » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:03 pm


Bellevue Estate ‘Houdamond’ Pinotage 2009


This is Bellevue Estate’s standard Pinotage relabelled for UK supermarket Marks & Spencer as Houdamond as M&S likes to have exclusive labels. Because the name Bellevue has already been trademarked in several countries, the Estate also uses the name Bellemore and Morkel, latter being the owning family’s surname, in various markets.

Bellevue were one of the first to plant Pinotage, they have one of the oldest existing vineyards and they made the world’s first varietal Pinotage, 1959 vintage, which was marketed by the SFW co-operative under the Lanzerac brand name in 1961.
This is the wine that converted my friend who was convinced he hated Pinotage. It was back in 2011 and Houdamond Pinotage was one of the bottles on the table at our wine club’s annual dinner dance. I asked him to just try a mouthful and to pour away the rest of the glass if he didn’t like it.

When, a couple of days later, I went to buy some for myself, the shelf was empty. My friend had bought a case, the other branches of M&S were also stripped bare by other club members. Eventually I managed to get just 3 bottles.

Anyway, said friend had a barbecue last night and he magicked up his penultimate bottle of that original purchase for us to enjoy.

Eight years later it tastes very young, with fresh juicy plummy flavours with the oak supporting structure without announcing its presence.

Lovely stuff, 2009 vintage from this estate was really something outstanding.

Viticulturist is owner Dirkie Morkel, winemaker is Wilhelm Kritzinger

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Bellevue Estate ‘Houdamond’ Pinotage 2009
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Re: Wine Focus for June 2017: South Africa

by Ken Schechet » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:46 pm

I have a friend who owned a wine store here in West Palm Beach for several years. It was full of all kinds of excellent wines. But each year his top seller was Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc, a very good South African wine selling for under $10. Very nice summer wine if you can find it.

I have enjoyed roses, chenin blancs, cabs, and other wines from SA, but I just cannot get my taste buds around a Pinotage. I've only tried a few but they just seem kind of skunky to me. However, I'm still open to trying one. Peter or anyone else, do you have a suggestion for a Pinotage for someone who doesn't like them? A gateway drink, if you will. A food match would also be helpful since I usually drink wine with food.
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Re: Wine Focus for June 2017: South Africa

by Peter May » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:56 am

Hi Ken

Jancis Robinson's 'Wine Grapes' book list 1,300+ varieties used in wine production and the chances are no-one will like all of them. Any variety that is flavoursome will have those who find the flavours attractive and thus some who don't. Maybe Pinotage isn't for you.

However, you've only tasted a few, and you don't say how long ago. Because distribution of South African wine is so patchy in the USA my recommendations wouldn't be of use if one couldn't get them.

However I have looked at Total Wine for stores near West Palm Beach, Florida and at the Palm Beach Gardens branch they've got two first class ones -- although they don't show a vintage
- Neethlingshof 'Owl Post'
http://www.totalwine.com/wine/red-wine/ ... /130057750
- Spier 21 Gables
http://www.totalwine.com/wine/red-wine/ ... /126031750

Owl Post 2014 won the Trophy at last years International Wine & Spirit Competition Awards.

2014 and 2105 were good Pinotage vintages in the Cape.

Also if you're travelling, look for Pinotage from Virginia - Lovingston Estate and California

Judges notes on the 2014 Owl Post are here
http://www.pinotage.org/2016/11/neethli ... ondon.html
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Re: Wine Focus for June 2017: South Africa

by Peter May » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:52 am

Ken Schechet wrote: A food match would also be helpful since I usually drink wine with food.


I put Pinotage* in the same sort of area as Zinfandel and Malbec -- all three coming from major meat eating countries. So, red meats, steak, especially cooked outdoors.

Also the natural sweet effect from Pinotage makes it a good match with spicy Asian foods. I almost only drink with meals.

*when made red in a 'serious' style with wood aging.
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Re: Wine Focus for June 2017: South Africa

by Ken Schechet » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:05 pm

Thank you Peter. I will be up in Palm Beach Gardens in the next few days and will look for those bottles. I'm a big Malbec fan and it's definitely outdoor grilling season here, so I'll try one the next time I would have served a Malbec. But I will have a Malbec in reserve just in case....
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Re: Wine Focus for June 2017: South Africa

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:36 pm

Spier Cables 21 Chenin Blanc and Cab Sauv are downtown here in Edmonton but no Pinotage as far as I can tell :) .
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Re: Wine Focus for June 2017: South Africa

by Peter May » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:40 am

Bob Parsons Alberta wrote:Spier Cables 21 Chenin Blanc and Cab Sauv are downtown here in Edmonton but no Pinotage as far as I can tell :) .

I am not familiar with either, but 21 Gables is their top lavel. Platter rates both at 4 stars with the Pinotage & Sauvignon blanc at 4.5

Spier make a large range of wine, 6 ranges plus the flagship Frans K Smith blend available at the winery, plus more labels for various markets and also 'own label' wines..

I'll look forward to your tasting notes.
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WTN - Meerlust 'Red' 2013

by Peter May » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:07 am

Meerlust Estate 'Red' 2013
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Red appears in years the flagship Rubicon is not released ( 'declassified'), or sometimes as here from wines from younger vines that didn't make the selection for Rubicon.

Its a bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all estate grown. (percentages not given)

It taste like an expensive claret from a top year. Rich and full of fruit, no harshness but full budied and silky smooth. Soft tannins well in the background, black berry fruits depth and enough complexity to interest.
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WTN: Beyerskloof Pinotage 2014

by Peter May » Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:25 am

Beyerskloof
Pinotage 2014
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This is the basic 'white label' Pinotage from this Pinotage advocate winery and the largest selling Pinotage brand.

Maybe they're clearing space for the 2017 vintage but this was discounted to make it impossible not to buy.

It's a easy going red to be grabbed anytime, so that's what I did this week when delayed in getting home and having to rush to make dinner (cauliflower steaks with roasted okra and dhal.

Wine was put in fridge for 40 mins as temps were nudging 30C (28C=82F).

Easy drinking, inviting berry fruits such a quaffable wine.

The wine's been such a success that grapes are now sourced throught region - in the past only from Stellenbosch - made and aged in tank on staves, bottled with a screwcap.


The Reserve (black label) is a barrel aged, and 'Diesel' is a barrel selection of the best.

('Reserve Selection' (black label) is an export label midway between standard and Reserve, being a blend of tank aged and barrel aged.)
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