To describe Koen Roose, the owner and winemaker of Spioenkop, as a real character is to do him a disservice. The first thing he said to me when we had a tasting of his wines on Johannesburg last year, was ‘I am an engineer, not a winemaker.’ Should that be so, we need more engineers to make wine. Tim Atkin MW, a well-known British Wine Writer, in his Annual South African Wine Report 2020, included Spioenkop as one of his First growth Wines. Referring to Koen’s wines as consistently the best. His Riesling is, I think, one of the finest I have tasted. His Pinotage is another story.
Koen has the only Pinotage vineyard in the Elgin Wine Appellation. He says, ‘I am not interested in copying anybody or any other region when it comes to my wines.’ So, there is no comparison with any other Pinotage. However, that said, the bottle of 2018 I have is marked wine of origin Stellenbosch.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle closed with natural cork. The label Is elegant and descriptive. In the glass the wine is a bloodplum colour at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. Aromas are of berry fruits, an undertow of oak and its concomitant spices. On the palate, the wine is fresh, the fruit pure. The acidity and tannins and the clever use of oak [55% of it new] create a wine that has amazing depth and breadth of flavour. Eminently drinkable now, though will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring
The Spioenkop 1900 Battle of Spioenkop Pinotage 2018, is a serious sipper outside of a meal. Though it is a perfect food partner. Loves spicy sausage like boerewors off the braai, a steak with a spicy or herb sauce. Or a lamb casserole. My Braised Rio Largo Lamb Shanks are a good choice. Click here for my recipe…
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