Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!

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Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!

#1 Post by Nathan Smyth » April 14th, 2019, 6:07 pm

2011 Winery of Good Hope Pinotage

In screw-cap.

Tasted over the course of seven days.

DAY 1: Massive stench of body odor, athlete's foot fungus, jock itch, wet dog, and 5-day old venison road kill [in the summer heat] - you could summon the turkey buzzards to your back patio simply by opening a bottle of this wine and leaving it out on the picnic table. But beneath the funk, you can tell that there's a ton of potential.

DAY 3: The animale thing is gone, and now it's just sweet succulent fruit & bright cheerful acidity & grip all over the palate - no sense of grain or granularity or individuality to the tannins - just a ubiquitous grip.

DAY 5: Oh my Goodness. Now it's all citrus - orange blossoms on the nose & orange rind on the palate - maybe even a little saffron. Can you make marmalade out of Pinotage?

DAY 7: Still very tasty, but be forewarned that there's substantial sediment in the final pour from the bottle.

On an AFWE grading scale, it's a strong 95-100pts, and a back-up-the-truck price for an AFWE summer table wine.

On the other hand, I'm not sure how you'd serve it to civilians, especially if you don't have fully five days to prep a bottle.

Certainly you would want to decant the heck out of the wine.

But you might also consider pouring it chilled, as an exceptionally elegant orange-brown Rose.
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Re: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!

#2 Post by Cris Whetstone » April 14th, 2019, 6:18 pm

Real Wine -> Pinotage = non sequitur
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Re: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!

#3 Post by Nathan Smyth » April 14th, 2019, 6:38 pm

Cris Whetstone wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Real Wine -> Pinotage = non sequitur
Ergo the exclamation mark.

This is real wine.

Very, very tasty.

And tres AFWE.
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#4 Post by David Glasser » April 14th, 2019, 6:50 pm

The most impressive thing about this post is that you went back after day 1.

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Re: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!

#5 Post by Nathan Smyth » April 14th, 2019, 7:04 pm

David Glasser wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 6:50 pm
The most impressive thing about this post is that you went back after day 1.
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