Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fairview La Capra Pinotage '08, South Africa

A full bodied Dry Red wine, from the Agter-Paarl and Darling areas (Coastal Region) in South Africa from one of the now regularly awarded winery, Fairview.

Technical Data: The grapes are coming from 2 different areas which are both trellised, un-irrigated vineyards. Wine made off 100% Pinotage grapes. Grapes were destalked, lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation the wine was pressed off and matured for 8 months prior to bottling. Older American oak barrels were used.

Description: Bright dark ruby color. A distinctive ripe plummy nose at first, with touch of cedar and pepper here and there, then a more subtle sweet red fruits aromas kicks in. On the palate, a full-bodied dry wine showing off ripe cherries and plum flavors tied together with smoky and cedary notes. A touch of pepper on the lingering palate. Expects some tannins but overall a very well balanced wine.

Food Pairing & Service: I would definitely have this wine with a nice BBQ, Ribs and Steaks for once. But I got to say, even if it is a very versatile wine, because it is full bodied, it would suit better red meat. Nonetheless, I could certainly see myself sipping it, while enjoying a nice homemade dish like Pasta "bolognese" or even a "Meat Lover style" Pizza.

Score: 9/10

Price as seen on MD shelf: $12.99 it's a steal for the price, my advice, stock it up for the summer's BBQ, I promise you, you won't regret it!

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