Hidden Valley Pinotage 2012


The cross pollination of Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut) grape varieties back in the 1920s by Professor Perold resulted in South Africa’s unique and controversial cultivar, Pinotage. It seems that over the years wine consumers have had a love/hate relationship with this cultivar, but there is no doubt that the cultivar’s following is growing as can be seen by the excellent quality being produced from many of our top wineries.

As a food partner it bodes well with spicier dishes and unwooded versions can be enjoyed almost on any occasion, whereas the fuller bodied, wooded examples can benefit from years of aging.

Hidden Valley Wines in Stellenbosch is one such producer that has had success with Pinotage since its first vintage made by Jeremy Walker in 1995. Vertical tastings of their older vintages have shown how well these wines can age, but tasting through the more recent vintages found similar enjoyment with the fresh and appealing rich black berry fruit and savoury mouth feel.

Hidden Valley is perched on top of the hillside of the Helderberg Mountain and is well worth a visit not only for its beautiful view.

hidden_valley_pinotageThe magnificent building of stone, glass and wood comprises a state of the art gravity fed cellar, an inviting tasting room and the award winning restaurant Overture. Besides the Pinotage, winemaker Emma Moffat produces three other red wines along with a superb Sauvignon Blanc.

Grapes for the 2012 Pinotage were picked from several top quality vineyards close by and fermented in stainless steel tanks, after which the wine was transferred into second and third fill barrels for 14 months.

The result is a generous wine with a full fruit nose of plums and mulberries and powerful flavours of red currant and raspberries with hints of mocha, complete with a spicy twist on the tail.

The wine can be enjoyed with spicy dishes like Bobotie, as well as ostrich, springbok and kudu. Try it with cheddar cheese as well!

Expect to pay: R93.50

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