Wine: Barista Pinotage

Barista Pinotage

Barista Pinotage

For the end of the week, I am letting you know about a new wine to our shop, Val de Vie Barista’s Pinotage hailing from South Africa. From the Val de Vie wine estate in the heart of the cape wine lands, where wine production dates back to 1825. This is a deliberately modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas of South Africa’s signature grape. Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savory hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit. Drink on its own or with red meat dishes.

I am planning on showing this wine tonight in our chocolate pairing program, I’ve enjoyed it against chocolates in the initial trail when I was tasted against it. It is a bit of a non-traditional pinotage, but the coffee flavors certainly give the pinotage a bit more backbone and formal structure than most pinotage wines I’ve had in the past.

Fora  great new wine, with a unique style and dynamic presentation, it’s a good bargain at $16.36.


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