Tuesday, March 07, 2017

MENU's Wine of the Week - Flagstone Writer's Block Pinotage 2004 in a magnum

We were reminded at a tasting of Flagstone wines near the end of last year that we had a magnum of this wine lurking at the bottom of a rack in our cellar. The only thing left to do was to choose the appropriate occasion at which to do it justice

Lynne made a Rogan josh curry for a dinner party so, as Pinotage is a brilliant wine to accompany spicy food, this seemed the perfect choice

It was. Ripe red berry fruit and still fresh acidity, initially touched with a little vanilla from the American oak, which then comes through quite strongly on the finish. It was a great partner for the spicy, but not very hot, Indian dish. Another good example of how Pinotage can reward when it is kept for a few years. The cork was just holding together in the bottle and came out in three pieces, despite very careful handling

Platter gives the current 2014 vintage 4½ stars
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2017

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