Pinotage is not for sissies”, words Jan Boland Coetzee will use to explain the challenges of Pinotage to other winemakers. It was these challenges and the exposure to great old vines baring unique grapes that started this love affair with Pinotage. If you are lucky enough to have the right terroir and put in the effort that Pinotage deserves, there is no wine more rewarding.
The 2014 Beeslaar Pinotage is a tremendous effort from Abrie Beeslaar. This dark and brooding wine opens with bold aromas of blackberries and blueberries woven together with sweet spices, chocolate, forest floor with some underbrush characteristics all coming together in the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied, dense and concentrated. It continues to demonstrate notable depth and balance as it continues to deliver layer upon layer of dark ripe fruits on to the long, mouth coating finish.