Zarafa Pinotage 2007
September 4, 2008, 8:10 am
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For me, South African wines have always been a toss-up. I saw this one for cheap and took a chance on it…unfortunately. The mouthfeel is very light and I thought it was rather sweet. This contrasts poorly with the unexpected flavors of bacon and smoke. It is puny and disjointed wine. It feels like the winemaker had no plan or goal and this just happened to be the product.  Reading other reviews of this wine and other SA Pinotages, it is clear that Pinotage is a divisive grape; some people love the exotic flavors, others are repulsed. Although I was repulsed by this bottle, I need to find a better example of Pinotage–look for another review in a few weeks. 

Price: $3.99

From: Trader Joe’s

Rating: 48


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Pinotage is — like its parent Pinot Noir — a difficult grape to grow well and a difficult grape from which to make a good wine. I think you have as much chance of finding a good own label Pinotage at $4 as you do of finding a good own label Pinot Noir at $4.

Beyerskloof is reliable, look for the 06 or 07 vintages, Kanonkop 2004 is well recommended, Simonsig Red Hill also…

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