Wine of the Week – Southern Right Pinotage 2011

Hamilton Russell Wines at the tip of South Africa’s Cape and closest to the sea specializes in award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. But at the winery’s sibling estate, nearby Southern Right, Anthony Hamilton Russell and his wife, Olive, offer Pinotage and award-winning Sauvignon Blanc. For years, Olive says, “it’s been our intention to redefine Pinotage, and 20 years later, we’re still trying to do that!”
This Pinotage, which, alas, is no longer available for sale, exemplifies their mission, and the most recent vintage, 2013, is said to be another winner.
Wine Spectator magazine called the ’11 a wine “you might serve blind to a skeptic to change their perspective.”
The ’11 is an elegant offering, dry yet soft with good minerality. If you fall in the skeptic category about the varietal, check out the 2013. We have a feeling it too will change your perspective, showing you the lovely fruit notes and richness Pinotage can offer.

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