May Wine Focus: South African wines

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May Wine Focus: South African wines

Postby Robin Garr » Fri May 01, 2009 3:19 pm

Pinotage, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and on it goes ... this month we're turning to South Africa and all its wines and regions. We'll add more background information in coming days. Meanwhile, let's start posting WTNs and sharing information!
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Re: May Wine Focus: South African wines

Postby David M. Bueker » Fri May 01, 2009 3:24 pm

You had to lead with Pinotage? :roll: :wink:
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Re: May Wine Focus: South African wines

Postby Robin Garr » Fri May 01, 2009 3:25 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:You had to lead with Pinotage? :roll: :wink:

I went with what I had ...
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Re: May Wine Focus: South African wines

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri May 01, 2009 9:20 pm

Never been able to understand Pinotage! Subject usually causes quite a bit of mirth around this place.
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Re: May Wine Focus: South African wines

Postby Robin Garr » Fri May 01, 2009 10:24 pm

Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:Never been able to understand Pinotage! Subject usually causes quite a bit of mirth around this place.

Sounds like it might be a good opportunity for you to expand your wine horizons then, Bob.
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Re: May Wine Focus: South African wines

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri May 01, 2009 11:15 pm

Yeah, you are spot on. I have not had a glass of wine in weeks here, birding festivals, now a heavy cold and soon May Species Counts in S Alberta. Maybe I will take a bottle to my un-suspecting nature groupies!
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Re: May Wine Focus: South African wines

Postby John Treder » Fri May 01, 2009 11:24 pm

Well, I'll be (something)ed!
I just bought a South African chardonnay today.

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Re: May Wine Focus: South African wines

Postby Carl Eppig » Sat May 02, 2009 11:03 am

Robin Garr wrote:I went with what I had ...


By any chance did you decant it?
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Re: May Wine Focus: South African wines

Postby Robin Garr » Sat May 02, 2009 9:10 pm

Carl Eppig wrote:
Robin Garr wrote:I went with what I had ...


By any chance did you decant it?

Decant a $10 mass-market Pinotage? Erm ... no?

It was okay, though, actually pretty good by Pinotage standards. Ripe, plummy fruit, none of the sulfury rubber tire or other dirty flavors that have beset a lot of Pinotage in the past. I don't think decanting would have done much for it, and I can't honestly say that I often get out the decanter for modest everyday wines of this type.

I think David's point here is simply that Pinotage - a relatively modern vinifera cross between Pinot Noir X Cinsaut - is rarely ranked among the most noble of varieties. ;)
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Re: May Wine Focus: South African wines

Postby James Roscoe » Mon May 04, 2009 11:13 pm

I have been sucking down a very nice SA Cabernet called Hands. At $9.99 It's a no-brainer.
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