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Drakenskloof Pinotage 2012

Here’s a grape everyone should know about. Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. It’s unique to South Africa and very much “the talk of the party” (Tim Atkin MW), having come back from near neglect in recent years. Drakenskloof was made by Lizanne Jordaan at one of South Africa’s top award winning wineries, Spier, founded in 1692 near Stellenbosch. The estate not only boasts a rich wine heritage, but within the domaine there is also an eagle sanctuary and cheetah reserve! Lizanne aged the wine in a combination of American and French oak, which has allowed gently smoky tannins to support the ripe berry flavours. Soft enough to be enjoyed on its own and a versatile food partner. Try roast lamb or pork chops and ratatouille.