When it comes to Pinotage, we seem to be our own worst enemy. This home-grown grape comes with a lot of baggage, but is capable of producing a myriad of styles, with passionate producers driving quality improvements. It is the image of Pinotage, however, that needs rescuing – and a united local backing. ELONA HESSELING picks at the past, present and future of Pinotage.
As result of the alcohol in wine no human pathogens can grow in wine and poor cellar sanitation cannot cause diseases in consumers, but can only spoil the wine. The porosity of barrels and micro flora present in wine can cause the micro contamination of wine if barrels are reused. Thus the cleaning of barrels does not only involve the cleaning of the inside surface thereof, but also the crevices in the barrel, where micro-organisms can hide.
Chenin Blanc came from very humble and ‘uncool’ beginnings as Steen, but has gone full circle and this cultivar can now confidently stand its ground as a complex and serious wine. This was highlighted during the September Which Wine tasting, with the Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2013 chosen as the Pick of the Bunch.