The South African signature grape – Pinotage. A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. The idea was to create a grape with beautiful Pinot flavour whilst making it hardy and fast growing like Cinsault (hermitage) as it’s known in South Africa hence the name.
It’s usually a love it or hate it kind of grape and doesn’t float everyone’s boat with bad quality Pinotage displaying acetone notes. I haven’t had Pinotage in a while but this label was harassing me in the shop so I had to pick up a bottle.
I was thinking the label was more marketing than the reality but there is certainly vanilla, marshmallow and chocolate with notes with banana. Underneath the banoffee nose is good solid red fruit. Full bodied, nice tannic structure, perfect acidity to alleviate the weight of the chocolate impression. Notes of coffee on the finish.
Not your average glass of red, but it’s nice to mix it up a bit. Yes I’m a sucker for marketing but this one paid off and I’ll do it again!