Long famous for its revolutionary ‘coffee-chocolate’ Pinotage, and its Carpe Diem Pinotage Reserve, Diemersfontein Wine Estate in the Wellington Wine Appellation, is proving it’s not one-trick-pony when it comes to the iconic South African cultivar, with the release of a third Pinotage in the range, The Diemersfontein The Prodigy Pinotage 2018.
“It’s the youngster starting out, leveraging on the reputation of the older sisters, but equally bringing her own talents to bear,” explains David Sonnenberg, whose family has owned the property for three generations. “We enjoy extraordinary loyalty from our customers, who have long enjoyed the Original Diemersfontein Pinotage and gone on to discover the Carpe Diem Pinotage Reserve. We are confident that those same wine-lovers will enjoy and appreciate our latest addition just as much.”
The landmark release of the new Pinotage has further provided a unique opportunity to refresh the estate’s wine labels, which have changed little over the last 20 years. Across the portfolio the eye-catching Diemersfontein logo has been given greater prominence, with the estate’s portfolio of premium red wines enjoying the most striking evolution. The logo of burnished gold now stands proudly atop an elegant line drawing of the historic estate. Alongside a revamp of the labels the estate has also refreshed its online presence, with a new website improving wine-lovers’ ability to engage with the farm.
The grapes for the Diemersfontein The Prodigy Pinotage 2018 are hand harvested from various sites in the Wellington Wine Appellation. They are taken to the Cellar where Cellarmaster Francois Roode and his team destem and crush the grapes. The alcoholic and malolactic fermentations took place in stainless steel tanks, and then the wine was matured on French oak staves for 10 months before being prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label shows the elegant new Diemersfontein livery with music behind the DF logo. In the glass, the wine is a deep black cherry red. The aromas are all about fresh bright berry fruit, soft and round. Without damning it with feint praise, this wine is just so easy to drink. The aftertaste has the fruit, the soft acidity and low tannins and the supportive oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla. It really is a great glass of wine. It will bring people to red wine, indeed to drinking wine, much like the Estate’s Coffee Chocolate Pinotage. The perfect wine for the Millenials.
The Diemersfontein The Prodigy Pinotage 2018 will reward you if you chill it for about 30 minutes in the fridge or an ice bucket. I will go with almost any food from the starters, perhaps a Gazpacho, through Seared Tuna, spicy sausages and even a berry dessert. Dianne Bibby’s Flour-less chocolate cake with glossy ganache is a great partner, all dark and fudgey with the tart berries on top. Click HERE for her recipe and to follow her website.
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