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Cape Chamonix Pinotage 2011

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The Experience

Drink When...
You're up for anything...
Listen To...
Ball of confusion
Think About...
I may not get it, but I like it
Drink With...
Confit of springbok ragu?

The Oddbins Take

Confused you say? South African wine named after a French alpine mountaineering and skiing resort and made in the Italian 'ripasso' style? Who said you had to 'understand' wine to enjoy it. Pinotage is pretty much South Africa's signature grape, and this particular winter-sport-meets-Valpolicella edition has generated more wows since it's arrived than … well something really, really amazing. So what the hey? Give it a whirl. This is unbelievably outstanding stuff.

The Vital Statistics

Country
South Africa
Region
Franschhoek
Vintage
2011
Drink
Now Or Over The Next 5 Years
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
1.7g/l
14.20%
Alcohol Units
11
Awards
Tim Atkin Wine of the Week. April 2012

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The Style

Grape
Pinotage (95%), Pinot Noir (5%)
Character
Not Too Dry, Oaked, Rich
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

Notable Features

  • Suitable For Vegetarians

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"If you'd rather drink Piat d'Or than most Pinotage, this off-beat example from the Franschhoek Valley might change your mind about this controversial South Africa grape. Gottfried Mocke's red is made in an unusual (unique for the Cape?) style that uses the ripasso technique of refrementing the wine on its skins and it's brilliant, with flavours of plum, spice and mulberry, subtle oak and just the right amount of tannin for backbone."

Tim Atkin, 10 Feb 2014
Chamonix Wine Farm is nestled against Mont Rochelle mountain, deep within the rich wine-growing valley of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Formerly part of historic La Cotte granted to the Huguenots in 1688, Chamonix today comprises some 300 hectares.