We are blessed with great wines, great winemakers, great places, fabulous restaurants and family friendly places in our Cape Winelands. Recently I have had the opportunity to taste some sublime wines at the Old Road Wine Company [ORWC] in Franschhoek. Over a sublime lunch, we were presented a range of the Company’s Wines by Tanaka Mujuru, an ORWC Wine Ambassador.
The Fat Man Pinotage grapes are grown in shale soils with a higher percentage of clay from the Stellenbosch and Paarl region. The vineyards are managed for premium quality and optimum fruit expression, with harvesting done by hand at perfect ripeness.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is fun, with The Fat Man sitting on a bench at Franschhoek Railway Station, today used for the well known Franschhoek Tram. In the glass the wine is am opaque bloodplum in colour. The aromas are of red berries, plums and oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla, after fermenting on oak staves and then maturing for 12 months in previously filled barrels. Ryan Puttick, the ORWC, says of the wine “The Fat Man is generous and inviting on entry, with juicy red berries and plums with hints of milk chocolate, oregano and spice. This is a clean, smooth, medium-bodied wine that is refreshing with a dry finish.
Do chill The Fat Man Pinotage 2018 for about 30 minutes in the fridge or an ice bucket before serving. The wine is perfectly suited to a couple of spicy South African dishes like a Tomato Bredie gently humming with chili, or a well made length of Boerewors off the braai. A lusty dish like Ina Paarman’s Melanzane Pasta Bake is an ideal partner. Click here for the recipe.
For more information about The Old Road Wine Company – CLICK HERE