Some Great Reward: South Africa (Aug 2018)

The 2015 Ashbourne Pinotage was the first vintage not blended other varieties. It was 40% matured in 400-liter first-fill barrels with some use of foudres to reduce the wood influence. It has a fragrant bouquet of dark cherries, black currant, mint and subtle sage aromas that gather momentum in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, a fine bead of acidity, gentle grip and a lovely white pepper and fennel note toward the finish. Excellent.