McFarlane Saturday's Child Pinotage 2022

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Forget everything you thought you knew about Pinotage, and try this bottle. It’s a revelation.

It’s had such a bad rep for years, and for good reason.

Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, invented in a university garden in Stellenbosch in 1924.

When South Africa opened up after apartheid in the 1990s, international markets demanded big reds.

So Pinotage was made like Shiraz - picked late and overripe and overworked in the winery. It was generally terrible.

But if you think about its heritage - Pinot Noir and Cinsault, which are both lighter reds - you’ll realise this is the exactly wrong approach.

Grown on cooler sites and in the right hands, it can be amazing.

And that’s exactly what we have here.

The grapes come from Stanford in the cool-climate Walker Bay region, just south of Cape Town. The vineyard is based on koffieklip granite soils, which gives a lovely density to the grapes.

Alex’s winemaking is incredibly gentle (including foot stomping!) which allows the gorgeously perfumed and aromatic fruit in the wine to shine.

It’s a dark and brooding wine, with real elegance and intensity. Ageing in old French oak barrels gives it serious structure and this one will age for years.

Finally a Pinotage I can get behind!

Wine type Red
Grape(s) 100% Pinotage
Country South Africa
Region of origin Walker Bay
Appellation Stanford
Vintage 2022
Alcohol % 12.74%
Oak? Yes
Months in Oak 10 months
Type of Oak Old french oak, 500l barrels
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 23 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 150
Soil type(s) Mostly koffie-klip
Closure Type Diam cork
Is this wine organic? No
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? Yes
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Ageing potential 15-20 years
Ideal drinking window 2024-2034

Alex champions South Africa's two heritage varieties - Chenin Blanc and Cinsault. You could argue no country does these grapes better.

Read more about Alex.

This would be best enjoyed with a rare Bavette steak, twice cooked fries and a green pepper corn sauce.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Carl (Dublin)

Unlike any Pinotage I've had before. Really light colour but incredibly fragrant and packs a serious punch. It's like a cross between Burgundy and NZ Pinot, the structure of Burg and the fruit profile from NZ. Very good. I'd imagine it will age brilliantly too.

So glad you like it, Carl! Thank you for the review.

Vicki O'Hara (Cork)

This wine is one of my new favourites from
Winespark. Light, fruity and smooth. Not just for Saturdays!

Hear hear, Vicki!

Declan (Dublin)
A cracker

Eamon may be wrong about coriander but by God he is right about this one. A fabulous wine that completely changed my view of pinotage. Has the lightness of a Pinot noir with wonderful fruitiness.

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