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Beeslaar Pinotage, Stellenbosch 2018

Red Wine from South Africa
5.000000000 star rating 3 Reviews
From mature, unirrigated vineyards selected by pinotage master Abrie Beeslaar, the grapes for this South African wine were hand selected and fermented in open-top concrete vats, then matured in oak for 21 months. Combined with the cooler nights that refreshed parched vines in 2018, the result is a muscular yet supremely elegant wine, a powerful modern expression of a classic style.
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Code: SA17081

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Pinotage
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2030
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

Beeslaar Wines

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Kanonkop winemaker Abrie Beeslaar makes this under his own label, from 25-year-old, unirrigated vineyards. It was fermented in open-top concrete vats and spent 21 months in French oak barrels, 40% new....
Kanonkop winemaker Abrie Beeslaar makes this under his own label, from 25-year-old, unirrigated vineyards. It was fermented in open-top concrete vats and spent 21 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. It's a huge, plush and uncompromising style of Pinotage, an ultra-refined version of those 'coffee' and 'chocolate' renditions that were all the rage for a while, copious black fruit melts into a swirling dark pool of espresso and cocoa. But there is finesses here: it's as sheer as silk on the palate, and while that depth of sumptuous fruit floods the palate, the tight grain of the tannins and pert juiciness of the acidity balances, the wine finishing long, spicy and supple.
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Tom Cannavan

MoneyWeek

Abrie Beeslaar made this magnificent wine from 25-year-old bush vines, and it was fermented in concrete tanks with regular punch-downs to gain as much extraction from the powerful pinotage skins as...
Abrie Beeslaar made this magnificent wine from 25-year-old bush vines, and it was fermented in concrete tanks with regular punch-downs to gain as much extraction from the powerful pinotage skins as possible. It was then aged for 21 months in 40% new French oak barriques. There is nothing particularly unusual about this recipe, so why is this the most attractive pinotage I have ever tasted? It is extraordinarily expressive with silky black fruit and a hugely decadent mid-palate that runs on for minutes and then segues into a stunning, savoury, spicy, earthy finish. There is no pelt, burning rubber or pox of any kind - it is clean, fresh and structured and has more layers than a millefeuille. All too often, South Africa's most important local grape has a certain sort of funkiness which turns me off completely. Beeslaar has nothing but pristine, gloriously appointed, velvety fruit - it is shaped like a super Tuscan, built like a Cape(d) crusader and I know everyone who feels like me about this tricky grape will go nuts about this wine. Well done, Abrie - you are a veritable magician.
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Matthew Jukes

The Daily Telegraph

If you want to buy just one bottle of pinotage to see how good this variety can get then try [this wine]. It is superb: concentrated yet elegant and aromatic with a nice tang to it, too. It�s the...
If you want to buy just one bottle of pinotage to see how good this variety can get then try [this wine]. It is superb: concentrated yet elegant and aromatic with a nice tang to it, too. It�s the fragrance that really got me on this. Beeslaar pinotage is one of those wines you keep on inhaling, sticking your nose into the glass over and over again, sniffing the fruit which is like confit strawberries and raspberries with the more herbal aromatics coming through it � rose and grasses and fynbos (the heathland vegetation native to South Africa). The grapes for this wine come from a small Stellenbosch vineyard that is about 200m above sea level and lies close to the Simonsberg mountain. Pinotage is increasingly being celebrated for that quality, revered in wine grapes, of being able to translate geography and geology into something you can taste.
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Victoria Moore

The Scotsman

Stunning wine - beautifully poised, fine perfume, red cherry fruit, plummy mouthfeel, fresh acidity, fine tannins, complex finish, great finesse; from cool site with mainly shale and some decomposed...
Stunning wine - beautifully poised, fine perfume, red cherry fruit, plummy mouthfeel, fresh acidity, fine tannins, complex finish, great finesse; from cool site with mainly shale and some decomposed granite.
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