#BestValue Pinotage Tasting Results 2019

The top five wines from the inaugural Best Value Pinotage Tastings 2019 have been announced.

Seeking to find the best examples of Pinotage between the R60 and R100 price points, the wines were tasted blind by our three judges: Malu Lambert, Spencer Fondaumiere and Jolette Steyn with scoring done on the 100-point system.

Two distinct styles emerged at this price point: classically-styled pinotage – flavours of black cherry, plum and blackcurrant on a medium to full-bodied palate – with a judicious use of oak. The wines that impressed had a degree of finesse and polish while the less successful veered to the rustic side.

There were also wines that had a whole bunch, carbonic character with plenty of red fruits in the flavour profiles. Easy drinking, juicy wines that stood out for their freshness. Two of the top wines came out of the Breede River area, a region that is proving synonymous with price-point related quality. As if to underscore this, Slanghoek Cellars not only has a top wine in this Pinotage report, but features in the Best Value Chardonnay report too.


The Top Five Wines

The top five #BestValue wines at this price point, are as follows:

Bader & Walters Pinotage 2016

Bloemendal Waterlily Pinotage 2016

Lammershoek The Innocent Pinotage 2017

Bonnievale River Collection Pinotage 2018

Slanghoek Private Selection Pinotage 2017

To read the full tasting article including key findings, tasting notes for the top five and scores on the 100-point quality scale.  

About Winemag

Wine magazine was published from 1993 until 2011 and now lives on in digital form. It covers everything to do with South African fine wine. 

Christian Eedes is editor. After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a BA Honours in philosophy, he joined Wine magazine in 2000 and served as editor between May 2008 and December 2009. He has completed a wine evaluation course and a small-scale winemaking course under the auspices of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University. His experience includes tasting for the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and Platter’s South African Wine Guide in addition to various other local and international competitions. 

Jacqueline Lahoud is Business Manager. She has extensive media experience including being publisher of Getaway magazine and Show & Events Director at RamsayMedia. Winemag.co.za was acquired by US-based investment firm Eileses Capital in August 2018.

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