Beeslaar Pinotage 2017, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Abrie Beeslaar has been making his own Pinotage since 2012 and it's already achieved iconic status, produced from a special old block of bush-vines planted on shale close to Kanonkop, where Abrie is the winemaker.
Superb example of a top quality Pinotage, highly rated by the critics. Enjoy now or allow to develop over the coming years.
Beeslaar Wines are family owned winery based in Stellenbosch. It was founded in 2011 and the first release of the Beeslaar Pinotage was the 2012 vintage. Beeslaar Wines focus solely on Pinotage and at this stage have only one wine in its portfolio.
"South African vintners dealt with an extremely dry growing season in 2017, resulting in a small crop. But vintners are enthusiastic about quality, noting that the wines are rich and concentrated due to the smaller berries, while on the more elegant side stylistically, thanks to even and moderate temperatures throughout the season." - from vintage report on winespectator.com, written by James Molesworth. The grapes were picked a week earlier than normal and brought to the cellar for destemming, sorting and fermentation in open top fermenters. The cap was punched every 2 hours for 60 hours until the right extraction was achieved. After pressing, malolactic fermentation was done in 19 French oak barrels and 2 American oak barrels. The wine matured for 20 months in oak.
Intensely aromatic, with millpond-smooth tannins, notes of incense and blackberry fruit and considerable concentration.
What the critics say:
Abrie Beeslaar makes not one, but three of best Pinotages in South Africa, as well as its most collectible Bordeaux blend. This appears under his own label, as it has since 2012, and has less new oak than Kanonkop's Black Label, as well as a cheaper price tag. Intensely aromatic, with millpond-smooth tannins, notes of incense and blackberry fruit and considerable concentration. Tim Atkin - 94 points
The nose shows a little floral fragrance before cherries, plums as well as earth, spice and a hint of chocolate. On the palate, the fruit is pure and sweet, with no shortage of freshness despite an alcohol of 14.5%, the tannins firm but fine. It’s luscious in the best sense. Winemag.co.za - 95 points.