Kumala 2000 Western Cape Pinotage ($9.99)
Dark reddish-purple with garnet highlights. An earthy whiff of "muddy" Pinotage "paintbox" aromas loft over simple black fruit and hints of banana. Flavors consistent with the nose, plummy and earthy, with a distinct note of "rubber tire," finishing with snappy acidity and good balance. US Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, Ala. (Jun 11, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Worked very well with an African-style chicken and peanut soup, with spicy clove, cumin and curry flavors crafted to match with Pinotage.

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