Overberg,South Africa,
  • Decanter: 95
  • Greg Sherwood: 96
  • Jancis Robinson: 17.5
  • Platter's: 93
  • Tim Atkin: 95


Bottle size: 750 ml,

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A qualified industrial engineer, “crazy Belgian” Koen learned to make wine at L’Avenir before embarking with his wife Lore on the long search for their own farm. Historically an apple growing region Elgin is now regarded as a premium vine growing area.

300m above sea level, at Spioenkop cooling sea breezes funnel down the valley which prolongs the growing period. Slopes are steep so no tractor can operate and there are 7 different soil structures on the farm. Each cultivar is planted on a different soil all of which are quite stony and make the vines work hard. Their first wines were bottled in 2010.

Koen was mad enough, and has been proved brilliant enough, to have uniquely planted Elgin valley with Pinotage. His bio-dynamically farmed vineyard produces impeccably fine coastal fruit, hand-picked and naturally fermented, aged in second and third use demi muids. A gloriously precise, fresh and vibrant expression of this difficult grape and like no other in the Cape… which is why we choose to work with it.

On the nose you are stuck by a luscious blend of ripe black fruits, cassis and cinnamon spice. Crunchy with rich tannins, it’s balanced by juicy black cherries, more spice and warmth. It’s well structured with great length.

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In The Vineyard
A Pinotage from both old and young vines on shale / clay - grown and made in Burgundy (Pinot Noir) style, in a cool Elgin climate. Matured for 11 months in French oak, 80% new. It's a racy, cool climate expression of the grape, with tangy red cherry and raspberry fruit, stony intensity, whole bunch spices and a hint of good reduction.
"How to describe this delicious red wine? Well, winemaker Koen Roose is certainly not a person who conforms to any preconceived ideas of how a wine should or shouldn’t taste, and when it comes to Pinotage, it gets even more complicated. But as someone recently described a Pinotage, this wine tastes a bit like the regal father Cinsault with a bit of the son Pinotage blended in to add youthful depth and balance. Certainly an expressive and ethereal wine with beautiful purple flower perfume and purity of berry fruit despite its lofty 80% new oak ageing. But Koen’s Pinotages are famous for being vibrant, succulent and individual, breaking away from any preconceived ideas of varietal Pinotage in favour of cool climate Elgin classicism. Behind the perfumed roasted coffee bean laden red and black fruit aromatics lurk delicious layers of juicy red cherry and smoky raspberry fruits on the palate with sleek racy acids interwoven into the concentrated fabric of the wine. Beautifully balanced and impressively complex with exotic herbs and sweet Christmas spices, it’s the soft fine silky tannins that put the icing on the proverbial fine wine cake. If you want to experience the heights this ambitious local South African variety can reach, look no further stylistically than this Pinotage fine wine extravaganza! It’s ready to drink now and comfortably over the next 8 to 10+ years." - Greg Sherwood MW.