As most people know, Pinotage is a variety unique to South Africa, created in the 1920s by Professor Abraham Perold. The first barrel of this wine was made in 1942 by Charl Theron de Waal, an Oenologist and friend of Perold, who sadly died before he could taste the wine.
The Momberg family owned Middelvlei Wines celebrates this year 100 years of making fine and award-winning wines by three generations of Mombergs. Pinotage is one of their signature wines.
The Middelvlei Free Run Pinotage 2018 is made from only free-run juice, which is the juice that naturally drains off freshly crushed grapes when they arrive in the cellar. Softer tannins, as press juice is not added, make the wine softer and rounder. The wine spends 6 months in oak barrels which adds some gravitas.
Winemaker Tinnie Momberg describes the Middelvlei Free-Run Pinotage 2018 as a ‘wine with complex flavours of raspberries, mulberries and elegant oak spices. The gentle tannins are perfectly balanced by the fruit weight with creamy vanilla flavours that linger on the palate.’ I can’t improve on that. This style of Pinotage for me allows shows its Pinot Noir parentage with the red berry whiffs and tastes. Pinotage is an anytime wine which matches most foods from seared tuna to the Traditional Roast Sunday Lunch, which is now not something that happens every Sunday, but perhaps for more special occasions. The French oak is well applied and acts, with its concomitant spice and vanilla, as a perfect support to the lusty fruit.
When it comes to a food pairing look no further than enjoying the Middelvlei Free-Run Pinotage with a classic South African braai, or better yet Middelvlei’s Boerebraai. A unique outdoor barbecue experience where their resident braai expert prepares your chops, braaibroodjies, boerewors and chicken kebabs to perfection, as you sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of Pinotage.
The Middelvlei Free-Run Pinotage 2018 is available directly from the Tasting Room at R130 per bottle, as well as select outlets nationwide.
For more information on their wines visit www.middelvlei.co.za.
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