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1919 Pinotage on sale at the Nederburg Auction

by Paul B. » Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:35 pm

A curiosity for wine lovers, no doubt, and a testimony to the longevity of Pinotage:

    Mark Norrish, Picardi Rebel GM Wine, has donated a 3L bottle of KWV Pinotage 1919 vintage, to be sold at the Nederburg Auction this month.

    Norrish stated that he had opened a bottle [750 ml ] last year for some overseas visitors, and it was in good condition, with plenty molasses, and treacley flavours, but still with a wonderful structure . He was so delighted with the wine, that he decided to donate the 3lt to the Auction. For a wine that is 87 years young, someone is going to have a wonderful time consuming this.

Nederburg Auction - Donation of historic wine
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Re: 1919 Pinotage on sale at the Nederburg Auction

by Peter May » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:59 am

April Fool !!
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Re: 1919 Pinotage on sale at the Nederburg Auction

by Paul B. » Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:14 am

April Fool? That was so inspiring that I think I'd like to be fooled more often ... :lol:
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Re: 1919 Pinotage on sale at the Nederburg Auction

by Robin Garr » Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:52 am

Paul B. wrote:April Fool? That was so inspiring that I think I'd like to be fooled more often ... :lol:


Paul, I think Peter's point is that a passionate love for a grape (or anything else) should be informed by knowledge. Pinotage wasn't bred until 1925, and was never made commercially until 1959, and not in significant amounts until well into the '60s. A 1919 Pinotage is not merely rare, it's impossible.

Frankly, I'd gently remind you, too, that we've pretty much agreed to maintain this forum for serious wine talk and keep the gee-whiz news items about offbeat grapes and varieties on the Netscape WineLovers Community.
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Re: 1919 Pinotage on sale at the Nederburg Auction

by Paul B. » Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:14 am

It was a great read, and a great trick played on me too. Man - I KNOW that Pinotage was invented in '25, but that point sure didn't stick yesterday.
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Re: 1919 Pinotage on sale at the Nederburg Auction

by Peter May » Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:01 pm

Paul B. wrote: That was so inspiring


I guess we've got inured to you enthusing about wines you haven't tasted.

But being inspired by a wine that doesn't exist is a new one, even for you.
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Re: 1919 Pinotage on sale at the Nederburg Auction

by Paul B. » Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:37 pm

Peter May wrote:
Paul B. wrote: That was so inspiring


I guess we've got inured to you enthusing about wines you haven't tasted.

But being inspired by a wine that doesn't exist is a new one, even for you.

Actually, not really. I've been talking about sparkling dry Catawba for years! :D
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Re: 1919 Pinotage on sale at the Nederburg Auction

by Bill Spohn » Tue Apr 04, 2006 1:09 pm

Paul B. wrote:
Peter May wrote:
Paul B. wrote: That was so inspiring


I guess we've got inured to you enthusing about wines you haven't tasted.

But being inspired by a wine that doesn't exist is a new one, even for you.

Actually, not really. I've been talking about sparkling dry Catawba for years! :D


Which is fine....as long as you don't post about fictional wines and wines you haven't tasted on this site, please. And keep the 'news items' to a dull roar - my understanding is that that should be posted in the other forum.

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