Friday, August 26, 2011

ABSA top 10 Pinotage 2011 - Return of the usual suspects

Top usual suspects Beyerskloof and Kanonkop return while Rijk's and Faiview repeat last years achievement.

The Pinotage Association's winemaking guidelines appear to have been followed across the board with the possible exception of Top 20 finalist Altydgedacht 2010, the only wine below 14% alc while Top 10 Laibach and Diemersdal showed some welcome reprieve from the showy blockbuster styles.

KWV has entered top 10 territory for the first time with Mentors 09 while outstanding value for money at R35 a bottle must surely go to Meerkat 09 from Schalk Burger & Sons, making this critter as cheap as chips. 
The full list;

Beyerskloof Reserve 2008 
Diemersdal Reserve 2010
Fairview Primo 2009
Kanonkop Pinotage 2006
KWV The Mentor’s Pinotage 2009
Laibach 2010
Naledi 2009 (Spier)
Rijk’s Private Cellar 2007
Schalk Burger & Sons Meerkat 2009
Windmeul Reserve 2010. (to be released late Oct, price not yet available)

The ten runners-up:
Altydgedacht 2010
Cathedral Cellar 2009
Kanonkop 2009
La Cave 2009
L'Avenir 2009
Lyngrove Platinum 2009
Simonsig Redhill 2008
Spier 21 Gables 2009
Spier Private Collection 2008

Jonathan Snashall

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