Pinotage is one of our favourite grape varietals as it was developed right here in South Africa. We are overjoyed that our 21 Gables Pinotage 2010 has been named one of the top ten Pinotage wines in the country by the 2012 ABSA Top 10 competition!
The annual competition is organised by the Pinotage Association in order to promote the varietal. Its aim is to identify ten Pinotage wines which serve as benchmark for the development of distinctive South African Pinotage, and illustrate the uniqueness of Pinotage in the international wine world.
Pinotage was created in SA in the 1960s by a professor who combined Pinot Noir and Hermitage vines. We therefore consider Pinotage to be one of South Africa’s heritage varietals, which we celebrate in our 21 Gables range – our top tier wines, which also features a Chenin Blanc. The range both showcases the history of winemaking in SA, while highlighting a unique architectural aspect of the Spier farm: an unrivalled 21 Cape Dutch gables.
The wine is produced from a single vineyard in Faure, close by to Spier. It is unusually close to the ocean, and the cool False Bay breezes and this rare terroir result in a Pinotage that is distinctive in style.
Congratulations to our Cellar Master Frans Smit and his winemaking and viticulture team for yet another fantastic achievement!