On wine

I know that some people don’t consider South Africa’s own cultivar –Pinotage – to be “real wine”, but I have to say that I have done some rudimentary research and as far as I’m concerned it ticks enough of the boxes to be real wine, because it is:

an alcoholic drink made from fermented grape juice.

Yeah, there was one box and they got it.

It’s not my favourite red: a decent Bordeaux blend or a nice Shiraz gets top spot there. However, I have been sampling some Uitkyk (basically pronounced “Ate Cake”, for you forrenurs) Pinotage from 2015 and it’s really rather good.

In fact, I was instantly transported to picking wild blackberries up the Scholaby Road in Colby on Isle of Man with my very first mouthful.
Incredibly evocative and ever so specific.

Uitkyk also do a really good brandy, which instantly transports me away from reality from time to time, as and when required.

Pinotage is nie my baas

Pinotage isn’t my boss…

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…but when it talks, I listen.

Taken at Beyerskloof, November 2008. Their 2004 Pinotage Reserve¬†is probably my favourite SA wine, despite spirited competition from Diemersfontein‘s Pinotage range.¬†However, I think it’s fair to say that I am applying myself to the task of searching for new contenders on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis.

It’s hard work, but someone (me) has got to do it.