Ashanti 1999 Paarl Pinotage ($16.00)
The Ashanti being a people of Ghana in West Africa, one wonders what marketing impulse prompted the choice of this name for a new, large and well-capitalized South African winery. Be that as it may, this is a good, typical Pinotage, ruby in color with a slight haze, and familiar earthy Pinotage aromas blended with fresh black fruit. Juicy black-fruit flavors carry through on the palate, with tart, lemon-squirt acidity to give it structure, and that earthy, "dusty" quality persisting in the finish. US Importer: International Vineyard Producers Ltd., Columbus, Ohio. (Jun 8, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Worked very well with a medium-rare porterhouse steak coated with cracked pepper.



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