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How Good is L’Avenir Single Block Pinotage?

Wine Assessment of 2015 L’Avenir Single Block 02 Pinotage Purple, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Rating: 93/100

This pink wine by Stellenbosch vineyard L’Avenir is produced from 100% Pinotage and is a part of the producer’s Single Block collection.

Grapes had been sourced from the vineyard Property itself (L’Avenir) in Stellenbosch, a 10.49-hectare web site (26 acres) planted with outdated vines (established 1985). Irrigation is utilized through the hotter summer time months when the soil water desk is parched. There are eight blocks of Pinotage situated on varied points of the big hill that includes L’Avenir, permitting sure blocks to be remoted for particular vinification types and premium wines. Block 02 was chosen as single winery for this 2016 Single Block Pinotage.

The Indian Ocean is lower than 20km away (12 miles), and delicate afternoon sea breezes drift over the farm and exert a cooling affect towards the late afternoon Cape solar.

After fermentation, the wine was aged for 18 months in used French oak barrels and chrome steel tanks.

So, How Good is L’Avenir Single Block Pinotage?

Tasting Notes

This ZA Pinotage is available in a reasonably darkish ruby pink shade. You’ll be able to hardly see by means of the core, whereas the rim throws a vibrantly darkish pink stuffed with youthful purple hues.

Straight from the primary sniff, the wine states its apparent focus, its ripeness, in addition to its clear oakiness.

The fruity notes are dominant to the fragrant profile, plum and prune, darkish blackberry include strawberry jam and recent raspberry. These fruity characters are clearly wrapped up in a smoky vanilla and oaky caramel.

Add some lifted peppery spiciness, with a way of earthiness, for fairly a charming, wealthy and pungent, opulent, virtually in-your-face nostril!

Interesting it’s to odor although, in addition to intriguing! Its obvious complexity leaves you questioning what’s to come back on the palate, and whether or not the wine will over-deliver or under-deliver, after setting expectations fairly excessive!

Put the wine in your mouth, and the reply involves you slightly shortly and clearly.

Sure, it is a concentrated wine, stuffed with a stunning fruity and ripe focus of blackberry jam, prune, recent darkish cherry, dried figs, and different fruity goodness.

It’s additionally generously spicy, that includes a great deal of candy spices like clove and ginger, in addition to the warming chili-like kind of spices, pepper too. Licorice, bushfire smoke, darkish chocolate, and extra. There’s so much happening!

Tannins are very easy and velvety, helped in offering a richly textured oily sensation by an opulent physique. The acidity is although, slicing by means of the richness sufficient to protect a way of freshness to a fruitiness that’s coated in caramely, coconut-oily and vanilla-rich goodness.

The end is type of mid-length to this point for such a wealthy and concentrated wine. However it can absolutely develop a lot additional with ageing.


An opulent, concentrated, layered, fruity and spicy Pinotage, dry and acidic, but so wealthy, oily and ripe that it feels beneficiant and fruitily candy. The richness although, is delivered with a way of management, and a relative finesse. No taste overpowers the others, in a really effectively balanced beneficiant and warming ripe complete.

A really effectively executed Pinotage then, offering the richness and energy we love from the enduring grape for South Africa wine when it’s effectively made, but preserving its character and its signature with hints of tar and a way of salivating earthiness.

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

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L’Avenir Single Block Pinotage Label Photographs