Pinotage Laibach 2017

Country
South Africa
Region
Stellenbosch
Producer
Laibach Vineyards
Grape(s)
Pinotage (100%)
Type
Red
Style
Complex
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Full bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content
14.5%
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Sustainable
Yes-sustainable practices
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
Yes
Vegan
Yes
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

Region

This famous region is 30 miles north east of Cape Town yet still close enough to the ocean to benefit from cool maritime conditions. These beautiful vineyards are dominated by scenic mountains and the region is home to some of the Cape`s most famous and influential wine estates. The most noted and important vineyards are located on the prized slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. This small and highly rated sub-zone has fantastic terroir and is where many of South Africa`s top red cuvees are produced.

Producer

One of the Cape`s more recent wine estates having been purchased by the Laibach-Kuehner family in the early 1990s. An initial investment saw the 40 hectare property totally replanted and this was followed by the building of a state of the art and contemporary winery. Stuffed full of modern winemaking kit but using traditional barrel ageing, this is a wine estate with a growing reputation right on top of its game. Managed by the very likeable Mike Malherbe, a totally fanatical grape grower and in tandem with the exceptionally talented winemaker, Francois van Zyl they endeavour to craft modern drinkable and delicious wines for a sophisticated and discerning market. The first winery in South Africa to convert to organic viticulture in the early 2000s.
Tasting Notes
This is one of South Africa`s finest examples of Pinotage. Winemaker Francois van Zyl is good mates with Beyers Truter(the king of Pinotage) and has styled this version to capture big bold plum flavours and complex fruit whilst still retaining a smooth creamy texture. Aged in oak the wine is deep purple in colour, exhibiting lovely juicy flavours. Warm and pleasing on the palate, this gold medal winner is Pinotage at its very best.
Food
Will complement any grilled or roasted red meats, sausages, casseroles or Indian dishes.
Media
Platter Guide 2020 88 points.