KUMALA | Reserve | Pinotage | 2020
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KUMALA_Reserve_Pinotage_2020

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Today we are going to review a single varietal pinotage wine from Swartland, Western Cape, South AfricaReserve Pinotage 2020 by Kumala. Pinotage is South Africa’s controversial grape variety, created in 1925 by Abraham Perold – a crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (that is called Hermitage in South Africa). Abraham Perold observed how Pinot Noir struggled in South Africa’s climate, so he crossed it with the much more productive Cinsaut. His goal was to create a grape variety that was as delicious as Pinot Noir but as productive as Cinsaut. Oddly enough, Pinotage is bolder than both of its progenitors and the resulting wines are vibrantly fruity and more like a new-world Shiraz. Unfortunately, Pinotage has struggled with a very bad reputation for the last 20 years, since Pinotage a very productive grape variety, producers often made very low-quality, commercial wine with it, but things are changing to the good these days, as producers are now focusing on reducing the crop yields and use winemaking techniques that enables them to extract all those unique characteristics of the Pinotage grape. That said and without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results.
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Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

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//Visual
colour: deep ruby color
clarity: hazy ruby shades

compound
//Olfactory

intensity: rich & savory
fruit profile: red fruits
__red fruits: cranberry | redcurrant | sour cherry
fruit character: ripe

//Flavor
non fruit: spice | oak | savory | earthy | other
__spice: red pepper | paprika
__oak: sun-dried oakwood | cherry tree sap
__savory: brown olive | iron | veal | game | leather | cured meat | capocollo
__earthy: loam | clay | marl
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other: basil | hints of violets
primary layer: savory

graph
//Palate
sweetness: dry
acidity: high
alcohol: high
tannin: high
__grip: ripe
balance: good
__dominant: acidity
body: supple | medium+

//Taste
fruit profile: red fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: spicy-savory
finish: medium
aftertaste: crisp & seedy

rate
//Scoring
KUMALA | Reserve | Pinotage | 2020

variety: pinotage
country: South Africa
region: Western Cape | Swartland
rating: 93.1

//Conclusion
maturity: developing | drink now or age for 2-3 years
verdict: great | a must try wine
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96x96This is definitely a great wine of South Africa and, with a total of 93.1 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.

Verdict: this is a quite plump, round and supple pinotage wine, with a voluptuous palate and some very pronounced, savory notes on the nose. The wine is still developing, definitely ready to be enjoyed today or in the next 2-3 years. On the nose the wine brings a mixture of ripe red fruits and pronounced savory notes in the foreground, followed by an earthy background and a spicy layer in between the two. On the palate the wine delivers exuberant acidity, ripe tannins and a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel. The aftertaste is long and persistent, with a crisp and seedy accent and a pleasantly-drying finish. All in all, this is a quite rustic and well structured pinotage wine with hints of varietal typicity – a wine that will pair amazingly well with extra-rare, savory meats, like for example beef tartare or a venison steak. Enjoy!

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