If you are one of the so-called ‘coffee flavoured’ wines, like me and you have tasted a number of them, you will know that there is no coffee used in the making of these wines. Carefully toasted oak barrels, judiciously used, combines its flavours with the berry fruits in Pinotage. They are a perfect match. Marius Malan’s Malanot Vino Café Pinotage of the 2016 version is a stonker. This kind of wine attracts younger wine drinkers with its beguiling aromas and flavours.
The Pinotage grapes for the Malanot Vino Café Pinotage 2016 come from young trellised vines in the Wellington and Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Both the vineyards are planted in deep Hutton Soils and are irrigated when required. Harvested by hand when they reach perfect ripeness, the grapes go to the cellar for destalking and crushing. Fermentation was done with the toasty oak, Marius’s experienced hand directing the delicate use of the oak. The oak, and the fabulous Pinotage fruit make you believe it has a coffee flavour.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The labelling and packaging it very tasteful. The label is brown with a blue centre frame with the name of the wine and three coffee beans. The foil cover is over the cork is also a lovely blue, matching the label. The aromas are of berries and coffee. The flavours are rich and round and soft with the red and black berries and oak with its toastiness and concomitant spices shining.
Chill it for about 30 minutes before serving. Excellent as a glass on its own. Excellent with meat dishes. And great fun with a lovely rich chocolate cake. Or indeed Dianne Bibby’s Dark Chocolate Brownies covered in rich chocolate icing and berries. Click here for her recipe.
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