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If you were expecting the Innocent Pinotage 2019 to be the black sheep in the flock, you can think again. Like the others, it shows fantastic freshness, with low alcohol, high acidity, bright red fruit and a long finish. Closer in character to a Pinot Noir, it is everything that you don’t usually associate with South African Pinotage. So, I guess in that sense, it is something of a black sheep. Or a bright red sheep.
A rich ruby red colour with delicious notes of cherries, plums and some spice on the nose. On the palate there are lovely dark fruits with an elegant but firm tannin structure with a lingering aftertaste. Farmed dry-land thus no irrigation. There are two bush vine Pinotage vineyards; the youngest is 21 and the oldest 42 years of age. Obvious fruit is dominant on both taste and nose. Huge crunchy acidity is well balanced by the perception of sweet fruit. The wine lasts forever in your glass and even though it is made to mimic certain Beaujolais-style wines, this wine still speaks of Pinotage.