Monday, July 12, 2010

*** $ The Yellow Cellar Pinotage, 2007, Coastal Region, South Africa - Wine Review and Rating (BEST VALUE)

Original Review, August, 2009: The Yellow Cellar Pinotage is a sister (brother?) wine to The Yellow Cellar Shiraz, which I reviewed recently and enjoyed quite a bit. Pinotage is a varietal closely associated with South Africa. The grape was created as a combination of pinot noir and cinsault. This version is registering at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass, Yellow Cellar Pinotage, 2007, shows burgundy color with a quick transition to opaque in the center. Served cellar cool with no decant, the aroma is sweet of deep fruit, with a touch of basement cellar. Modest but clean and solid.

On the palate, a husky, sleek, deep purple mineral-tinged impact is first noted, with ripe plums then coming to the fore. Tannins and acids are subdued but present, creating an excellent young sipping wine. Finish is clean though not memorable. I suppose I would try it again, so it just touches three stars on the five star Spirit of Wine scale.

It registered 85 points on Wine Enthusiast's scale, just below the 87 points awarded the Shiraz. For me too, Yellow Tail Pinotage is just a touch below the Yellow Cellar Shiraz in impact and enjoyment.

Updated review, about one year later, July, 2010:  Color is consistent, but aroma has developed a bit of odd helium funk.  The palate shows a nice balance of fruit, acids and tannins, touched with lightly sweet, helium-infused bananas.  Now a solid three stars - the time has served it well. (The helium is a bit odd, though!)

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