Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Cape of Good Hope Basson Swartland Pinotage 2007 88+ Points
126.96.36.199 S / 188.8.131.52 E
From a single vineyard farmed by the Basson Family of Nooigedacht farms, old bush vines (unspecified aged) grown on granite soils of the Paardeberg.
At fairly high altitude by Swartland standards at an elevation of 561 m, the vines have to face the challenging elements of winds, no irrigation, the buck and baboons!
Clear, day bright, ruby cherry red with purple rim, medium plus concentration, medium plus to high concentration, no gas or sediment.
Clean, medium plus to high intensity, very ripe blackberries, plums, cassis, high alcohol though, with captivating floral note such as rosemary, lavender, tar note. Intriguingly it is very Chateauneuf du Pape like, with earthy pebbles, spicy oak with camphor spice and ginseng, savory.
Dry, medium plus acidity, medium plus to high alcohol on palate, slight burn, rolling medium tannins, creamy like, new flavours of plums, cassis and blackcurrant, stony mineral core, so typical of the area, medium plus lenght and medium plus complexity, now until 2021+
Older oak use only, 2nd and 3rd fill, for 14 months, followed by 2 years bottle maturation.
Will be perfect with buttered pan fried Sprinbok loin, sweet potato fondant, savory butternut custard, fresh Shimmeji and Shittake fricasse, green peas and brandy jus.