This was recommended by Gord Stimmel from the star as a good Pinotage. So I thought I would give it a whirl. This is a very harsh wine. Burning the throat when first opened. 1 hour worth of breathing helped. It has a med/long finish but this by no means a sipping wine. And it’s not a particularly food friendly wine either. We paired it with a Cornish Hen and it made it dry and bland totally overpowered the food. If I had to give it a number it’s an 87-88. If you like BIG BOLD wines this one might just be up your ally. For me this wine had to grace, no charisma and is just a bull in a china shop. It had a slightly medicine like flavor on the finish. It had a slightly “dusty” flavor. If I had more of this I’d take it back. Still debating if it’s drain cleaner or to finish the rest of the bottle.
From the LCBO web site:
CATHEDRAL CELLAR PINOTAGE 2005
VINTAGES 99267 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 16.95
Wine, Red Wine, 14.6% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content : XD
Made in: South Africa, South Africa By: KWV Release Date: Apr 11, 2009
Description: This excellent Pinotage won Gold at South Africa’s prestigious Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2005.
Tasting Note: Opaque black cherry. Refined blueberry and spice. Elegant lifted with fragrance. Some mineral notes. Lifted perfume. Cool black fruits dominate. Good elegance and a fine texture. Score — Silver Medal. (Judges panel, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2008)