Sixty people attended the tasting of Pinotage earlier this month and they seemed to  greatly enjoy it,  from the feedback received.

I was impressed by the professional looking newsletter the club produce after each tasting. I was given a draft of the one about my tasting. There's some typos which will be corrected, but I thought you'd like to see the column, titled PINOTAGE an exposé  about the tasting :-


 I have been asked to present a tasting on Tuesday 14 April of Pinotages to a wine club of 60 people  in Brentwood, Essex, and I am currently writing the tasting sheets .

I couldn't get hold of any non-South African pinotages for the tasting, so I decided to have a theme of 'firsts'.

These are the eight wines I will be showing on Tuesday:

Delheim Rosé
Pinotage 2008
(Delheim were the 1st winery to make a rosé Pinotage in 1976)

Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rose
Méthode Cap Classique 2006
Simonsig were the 1st South African winery to make a Methode Champenoise sparkler in 1971)

ENIGMA Blanc de Noirs
Pinotage 2008
(this is the 1st commercial release of a white Pinotage)

Warwick Estate
Three Cape Ladies
Cape Blend 2005
(Warwick's 3 Cape Ladies was the 1st cape blend in Wine Spectator’s World’s Top 100 Wines)

Pinotage 2008
(Diemersfontein pioneered the amazing 'coffee & chocolate style' of Pinotage and it was voted 1st choice of readers of The Cape Times which proclaimed it “the Peoples’ Pinotage”)

Bellevue Estate
Pinotage 2007
(Bellevue grew and made the world’s 1st varietal Pinotage in 1959 )

Pinotage 2006
(1st winery to have 2 wines, this is one of them, in Pinotage 10 Competition)

Kanonkop Estate
Pinotage 2004
(Kanonkop is South Africa’s ‘1st Growth’ says WINE Magazine)

Problem, as always, is sourcing the wines I wanted. I ordered some Reyneke, which is theolny biodynanically grown Pinotage but then the supplier cancelled theorder as they had only one bottle. And I couldn't get 4 bottles of NZ or California Pinotages either.


Welcome to this new blog for PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa's Own Wine


    Peter F May is the author of PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa's OWn Wine and founder of The Pinotage Club, an international cyber-based fan club for wines made from the Pinotage variety. Peter was awarded Honorary Membership of the producers Pinotage Association in 2004 and was a judge at the annual Pinotage Top 10 Competition in 2004 and 2005. Peter is a wine writer, educator and author. His book Marilyn Merlot and the Naked Grape - odd wines from around the world was published in summer 2006. Peter answers all polite emails - contact him at peter (at) pinotage (dot) org


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