Eikeboom Pinotage

Eikeboom is a 5th generation family-owned and operated winery, dating back to 1873 when their partriach, Thomas Bain, lived on the property while constructing the railway line from Nuwekloof to Tulbagh.

Eikeboom Pinotage (2011) Western Cape, South Africa – $16

Photo0372Color: Purplish-red, and a touch on the dark side for Pinotage.

Aroma: dark and oaky, with some spice, leather, tar, and stewed fruit.

Taste: gentle up front, then building to heftier and spicier in the mid-palate. Towards the back of your mouth, the oak kicks in, and you think it’s going to end up tight, but then the finish is the most complex part, with spice, a touch of heat, berry fruit, and vanilla.

I opened this before dinner. Let’s see what an hour of air and a spicy sausage pizza can do for this…

This has helped. More smoke and fruit up front, a little more complex in the mid-palate, softer on the finish. A nice bottle, but not quite good enough to get awarded recommended status.

 

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