Friday, October 22, 2010

Wine Review – Diemersfontein 2007 Carpe Diem Pinotage

Our good friends went back to South Africa to visit family and go to some of the World Cup games over the summer and brought back some delicious wines. One of the wines they brought back was a Diemersfontein 2007 Carpe Diem Pinotage. Pinotage is the national grape of South Africa and most of the wineries in South Africa produce a pinotage. Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut grapes. Cinsaut is known as Hermitage in South Africa so when the two grapes were crossed, the name became Pinotage. There is your Wine 101 lesson for the day!

Anyway, this wine was very pleasant. It was a very dark crimson in the glass and had aromas of big fruit like dark cherries and strawberries. On the palate there were some hints of chocolate and coffee. The finish was long and slow as the smooth tannins lingered. This wine would pair well with rich meat dishes like lamb or a hearty stew. It was a treat for us and we are so glad Mike and Kelley shared this gem with us.


1 comment:

David said...

Alan so pleased you enjoyed the Pinotage !! In USA its called "reserve" Pinotage. It has done so well for us -along with its kid sister the "coffee and chocolate" Pinotage. We are still looking for Georgia distributors (Know any?) but our wines are available in USA on line from or winenthings in Raleigh. Regards David Sonnenberg, Director, Diemersfontein Wines South Africa