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For anyone yet to be seduced by rich, seriously spicy Pinotage, this fine release from the award-winning and historic Spier Estate is a great-value introduction. Pinotage was first bred in South Africa’s Western Cape in 1925 – a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. Drakenskloof Pinotage hails from around the Breede River Valley in the Cape. Here, scorching days are tempered by sea breezes and give way to cool nights. As any winemaker will tell you, this huge contrast of temperatures produces strikingly intense fruit. In the hands of Paarl-born Anton Swarts, it delivers a red of rare 15% power and impeccably fine tannins.This is an ideal red to enjoy on its own and great with a spicy lamb or pork casserole or a rich pasta bake.


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