Pinotage is a South African signature wine variety. Like many things in this country, it can be a bit daunting when first encountered. However, with patience and understanding it is possible to master this mysterious, idiosyncratic variety. Writer’s Block is a single vineyard Pinotage bursting with intense, unique wild berry characters and unctuous, velvety drinkability.
The standard story goes that Pinotage is a 1925 South African crossing of what was recorded as Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Although there is some dispute about exactly when the varieties were cross-pollinated we are pretty sure the varieties are correct. In those days Cinsault was called Hermitage, hence we have the name Pinotage.
Our Writer’s Block Pinotage is crafted from a single vineyard block high in the Waaihoek Mountains, above the sweeping Breedekloof valley, an hour and a half’s drive north of Cape Town.
The wine is aged in barrel for 18 to 24 months before bottling.
Deep, incredibly dark purple colour, with lively bright purple edges. Intense, concentrated aromas of wild blueberry, mulberry and ripe cherry supported by smoky, spicy dark chocolate undertones. On the palate the wine is ripe and generous with a core of wild black berry, preserved plum and youngberry. These fruit characteristics are supported by subtle toasty oak, hints of white truffle, dark chocolate and thyme. A pure expression of this single vineyard.