Jun 23 2009
So, Lappies, whatΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s the deal?
Well, during the 2008/9 season all major Pinotage areas experienced varying weather conditions relating to temperature and rain. After the tasting of the 13 wines by winemakers, wine experts and wine writers, the consensus was that all the Pinotage wines were of good quality, even though there were varying styles.
What kinds of styles?
These ranged from full-bodied to those with prominent fruit and uniform tastiness.
What did my mate De Wet Viljoen, chairman of the Pinotage AssociationΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s organising committee, have to say?
Ja, he said the annual tasting serves as a barometer for the rest of the year, as well as an indicator of how the wines are going show when bottled. IΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗ll even quote him for you:
Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├║The wines which were tasted this year showed good structure, the fruit is complex and here and there some are still a little shy. This indicates great potential, I think the wines have good ageing potential and are wines to look out for in about three years from now. Those wines made in a more commercial style, showed wonderfully at this early stage, with soft, rounded tannins and juicy fruit Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£Γöñ wines which you can enjoy all evening.Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├æ (I guess De Wet is a night-time kind of guy.)
Guy Webber from Stellenzicht also chipped in:
Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├║This yearΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s Pinotage wines again showed that this cultivar can offer concentrated and flavourful wines under varying climates and that the natural fruitiness of this red wine variety comes to the fore with or without wood treatment. This is something not all red wines can do.Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├æ
And donΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗t forget Abrie Beeslaar, Kanonkop cellarmaster and executive member of the Pinotage Association:
Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├║There are more different styles out of all the areas this year, with nice colour and fruit, even though the alcohols were relatively high due to the sugars which picked up quickly due to early ripening caused by the warm weeks we experienced in February. Due to the lower yields and smaller berries my conclusion is that the majority of wines are going to develop fantastically Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£Γöñ there was not one bad wine presented.Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├æ
So, you guys tasted and spoke?
Just about. But Breedekloof viticulturist, Leon Dippenaar, did a special presentation on the analyses of the 2009 harvest in the different regions. His assessment from all the climatic data he received, is that this should be a good quality year for Pinotage.
Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├║The good, cold winter allowed the vines to rest properly, while the dry weather during the berry forming phase, which resulted in smaller berries and thus more flavours and rainfall in December, kept the foliage fresh and provided sufficient water and flavour development. This, together with cool weather during the ripening period in January all indicate a very good year, especially with good juice ratios, colour and flavour concentrations,Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├æ was how Leon summed it up.
The conclusion was that in spite of the different styles created in the 2008/9 season, the coastal regions especially, would this year present outstanding Pinotages.
Lekker Lappies, and thanks. Laat dit juig!