Southern Right Pinotage 2020
|Region||South Africa, Western Cape|
Southern Right is re-defining Pinotage with this intense classically styled, clay-grown wine, packed with complex berry fruit, beautiful tannins, and subtle spice. Full ripeness and the longer hang-time afforded by cooler sites, combined with the complex, more classic fruit aromas and structure resulting from clay-rich soil, make this wine a highly individual expression of South Africa's unique grape variety.
Raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors are ripe and brambly in this well-balanced and expressive medium-bodied red, backed by bright acidity and lightly chewy tannins. Notes of dried fig, black licorice, graphite and thyme linger on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,100 cases imported.
The 2020 Pinotage feels a little backward on the nose despite coaxing; here, it's outperformed by the Ashbourne Pinotage. The palate is medium-bodied and fleshy, with supple tannins and modest depth. Silky-smooth, but it needs a little more grip on the finish. Drink over the next 4-6 years.