Mont Blois is a picture-perfect wine estate in the Robertson Wine Valley owned by Ernst & Nina-Mari Bruwer, who have three enchanting little daughters. Both Ernst and Nina Mari studied viticulture and oenology at Stellenbosch University, and in combination make some sublime wines.
The Mont Blois Estate Pinotage Tarentaalsdraai 2016 for me is a very different Pinotage, and indication of terroir and I think a light feminine touch in the cellar, which the French would also regard as part of terroir. Pinotage is a truly South African grape created in the late 1920s by Professor Abraham Perold. He died before the first barrel was made by Charl Theron de Waal in 1947. Virtually ignored for years, Pinotage is now made in many different styles, some serious [like this one] and some fun easy drinking wines. This wine is aged in previous fill barrels.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is elegant classic Mont Blois. In the glass, the wine is an opaque bloodplum red, which pales out to ruby at the rim. The aromas are of red berry and cherry fruits and an interesting undertow of dark roadside brambles and mulberries. The palate is soft, rich and the tannins are oaken fist in velvet glove. There is a refreshing line of acidity which runs from entry through to the long and gently waning bright fruited aftertaste. An impressive glass. A wine which will benefit of a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Mont Blois Estate Pinotage Tarentaalsdraai 2016 is a perfect wine which will go well with a Moroccan Chicken Tagine with warm African spices. A piece of spicy boerewors off the braai, or a gentle curry. Be careful as tannin and chili are not friends. My current favourite bredie, and this is because it is now the season for quinces, is my Lamb Knuckle and Quince Bredie. Click HERE for the recipe.
Mont Blois is well worth a visit after lockdown is over, there is an enchanting old building recently renovated as a tasting and sales venue, designed by talented Robertson Interior Designer, Gera de Wet.
Well known Robertson designer, Gera de Wet
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