Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2011
An attractive bright ruby-red color with a purple rim, typical of a young Pinotage. The flavors are complex and exciting with ripe plum and fruitcake, all beautifully integrated and then finished with subtle oak to for a lingering aftertaste. Lovely with rare beef, barbequed lamb, or casseroles, as well as a lovely combination with spicy chicken.
Includes 20% of a blending component called Mocha. Riebeek Cellars is a medium-sized winery located in Riebeek-Kasteel, at the foot of Bothma's Kloof Pass in the Cape Province, formally established in 1941 but is guided by traditions stretching back more than 350 years. One is the Dutch-trading tradition from Dutch explorer, Corporal Pieter Cruythoff, a scout for Jan van Riebeeck, the founder of Cape Town as well as the everyday lifestyle of the beautiful Riebeek Valley. Cruythoff founded the Riebeek Valley in 1661, as well as the towns of Riebeek-Kasteel and Riebeek West, in honor of Van Riebeeck's pioneering spirit, which Riebeek Cellar's wines symbolizes. The other is the French-winemaking tradition from the French Hugenots, who in 1968 fled persecution in France, arrived at the Cape, and deemed the terroir more than suitable for the continuation of their esteemed legacy. Both traditions have led to the tradition of uncomplicated simplicity that you'll find in Riebeek Cellars today. This wine from the Swartland region offer optimum red-fruit flavors with rounded tannins. This versatile, lighter style of Pinotage (a unique South African cultivar) is an ideal partner for light meals with subtle flavors.