Southern Right Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinotage 2013

$19.99

...There is clearly more intensity on the nose with focused black cherry and raspberry scents shooting from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, silky smooth in the mouth with wonderful acidity, crisp and focused with great tension and minerality... This is about as good as this grape variety gets. eRobertParker.com

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Ratings on Delectable

Jay Svoboda

I was seduced by words when I bought this bottle - I imagine that's happened to all of us. A little placard next to the wine extols its virtues and you can't help but purchasing. Add in the fact that I'm a big Pinotage/ S. Africa fan and there was no turning back. The alcohol streaks through in the nose (14%) followed by black berries, black plums, a bit of cedar and black pepper, and rounded out with some sweet cooking spice. Following that, though, the palette tends to disappoint. Dark earth and black fruit come and go pretty quick, with a finish of vanilla oak. It's not a bad wine, but for the price ($30) and general lack of Pinotage-y-ness you can do better. I do love the wine label, though, and the winery also makes a conservancy contribution with every bottle sold.

I was seduced by words when I bought this bottle - I imagine that's happened to all of us. A little placard next to the wine extols its virtues and you can't help but purchasing. Add in the fact that I'm a big Pinotage/ S. Africa fan and there was no turning back. The alcohol streaks through in the nose (14%) followed by black berries, black plums, a bit of cedar and black pepper, and rounded out with some sweet cooking spice. Following that, though, the palette tends to disappoint. Dark earth and black fruit come and go pretty quick, with a finish of vanilla oak. It's not a bad wine, but for the price ($30) and general lack of Pinotage-y-ness you can do better. I do love the wine label, though, and the winery also makes a conservancy contribution with every bottle sold.

8.4

Luis Arguero

Cherries. White pepper. Light spice.

Cherries. White pepper. Light spice.

8.8

Megan Bauer

This is my first Pinotage experience and I am quite pleased. Layers of elegant blackberry and black plum, alongside cocoa that has a smoky coffee kick. Perfect drinking wine!

This is my first Pinotage experience and I am quite pleased. Layers of elegant blackberry and black plum, alongside cocoa that has a smoky coffee kick. Perfect drinking wine!

8.9

Jared O'Connell

Heard this is the best pinotage for the price. I think I might have had pinotage once before but I'm pretty happy with this wine. And frankly, it has a nice label. I got this for ~$20 after tax and it's ok at that price point but I wouldn't pay more for it.

Heard this is the best pinotage for the price. I think I might have had pinotage once before but I'm pretty happy with this wine. And frankly, it has a nice label. I got this for ~$20 after tax and it's ok at that price point but I wouldn't pay more for it.

8.9