Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend South Africa – 2004 – 6.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine is half Pinotage, with remaining components of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Only a mother or a fan of this curious grape can truly appreciate a Pinotage. Pinotage a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault grapes is so distinctively different from all other grapes. No need for South African Winemakers to worry that this grape might be overtaken in another land. This is the only wine grape that I have tried to appreciate but cannot find a way to enjoy. It is gamey and has an unpleasant spice (a spice that I am not sure exists) and always presents with a very medicinal finish. The Pinotage in this blend overtakes the other varietals as if they were not present. I remember the first Pinotage, I purchased (Fairview) and I was hoping it would be a blissful Pinot Noir like experience — I was, no doubt, terribly disappointed.


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2 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Why do you think Pinotage will taste like Pinot Noir?? Do you think Caberet Sauvignon should taste like Sauvignon Blanc?

  2. I do not think a Pinotage will taste like a Pinot Noir; there are some people who do make that mistake and are disappointed.

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