When it comes to Pinotage, we seem to be our own worst enemy. This home-grown grape comes with a lot of baggage, but is capable of producing a myriad of styles, with passionate producers driving quality improvements. It is the image of Pinotage, however, that needs rescuing – and a united local backing. ELONA HESSELING picks at the past, present and future of Pinotage.
Except for the purchasing of grapes, the cost for the acquiring of barrels is the second highest production expenditure of wine cellars. Because of the physical nature of barrels it is however easy to specify your requirements. Yet, it is astonishing how many barrels are bought by wine cellars without applying a comprehensive scientific evaluation prior to the purchase of the barrels.
Chenin Blanc came from very humble and ‘uncool’ beginnings as Steen, but has gone full circle and this cultivar can now confidently stand its ground as a complex and serious wine. This was highlighted during the September Which Wine tasting, with the Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2013 chosen as the Pick of the Bunch.