This is a very savoury chenin blanc from Mount Abora in South Africa. It opens to tertiary aromas of toast, earth and lemons. The palate has racy acidity and is quite a complex rendition of chenin blanc, and South African chenin blanc, in particular. This is a deliciously complex wine that will suit current drinking. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $33. Website: abora.co.za.
Pinotage is a South African speciality, and this wine’s a serious version of it from Simonsberg within Stellenbosch. A deep intensity purple in colour, the 2014 pinotage opens to aromatics of tobacco, earth, redcurrant, sweet cherries and cedar. The palate has light tannins, a full body and very good length on the finish. Overall, this is a very good wine due to its length, fruit which is ripe without being overweight. This may well be the best pinotage I have tasted. (Region: Simonsberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Rating: Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now to 2025, Tasted: June, 2017)
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