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Cape Chamonix - Greywacke Pinotage 2016

Red Wine from Paarl · South Africa
£19.50 £15.00
Case Rate: £15.00
Ex Tax: £12.50
Country:
Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Area: Franschhoek
Wine Maker: Thinus Neethling
Grape: Pinotage
Grape Percentage: 100% Pinotage
Alcohol Percentage: 13.50
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Limited Stock: (3 btls)
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90 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Area: Franschhoek
Wine Maker: Thinus Neethling
Grape: Pinotage
Grape Percentage: 100% Pinotage
Alcohol Percentage: 13.50
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020

Wine tasting notes

The Greywacke Pinotage has a deep garnet red colour with tinges of dark violet when young. The bouquet is complex with scents recalling wild berries, spice and cherries. On the palate the wine shows full body and rich dark chocolate bitles extract with fruit flavours balanced elegantly by tannins with a long and lingering finish that reveals a sweetness reminiscent of liquorice.

Winery information

Cape Chamonix

Chamonix Wine Farm is nestled against Mont Rochelle mountain, deep within the rich wine-growing valley of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Formerly part of historic La Cotte granted to the Huguenots in 1688, Chamonix today comprises some 300 hectares. German-born Chris Hellinger purchased the farm in the early nineties when it was predominantly an export fruit farm. With tenacity and vigor a replanting program began, steadily replanting fruit trees with noble French varieties of vines and with an engineering background combined with old world principles an underground cellar was built. An underground passage leads one through the cellar up into the Blacksmith’s Cottage, built in the late 1700s which now houses the Winetasting Room and Sales. Chamonix has around 50 hectares under vineyard. As purists, they believe that to produce a wine of character, containing all elements of grape, unique terroir, and process, it is essential that only Chamonix grapes are used. Against the mountain, the farm benefits from cool breezes during hot summer months and stony, clay-rich soil, giving the wines the unique personality and character which make up the Chamonix story.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013) - 90 pts

Nov 2015 - Neal Martin - The 2013 Greywacke Pinotage spent 16 months in French oak with 50% ripasso style. It has a perfumed blackberry and boysenberry-scented bouquet with touches of incense and iodine developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, supple in the mouth rendering this an easy-drinking Pinotage that slips down the throat. There is a smoke/tobacco edge towards the finish that is nicely integrated, and it feels long and tender. This is a fine Pinotage from Chamonix that should age nicely over the next 5-8 years.


Wine Enthusiast (2013) - 88 pts

The 2013 Greywacke Pinotage spent 16 months in French oak with 50% ripasso style. It has a perfumed blackberry and boysenberry-scented bouquet with touches of incense and iodine developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, supple in the mouth rendering this an easy-drinking Pinotage that slips down the throat. There is a smoke/tobacco edge towards the finish that is nicely integrated, and it feels long and tender. This is a fine Pinotage from Chamonix that should age nicely over the next 5-8 years.


Tim Atkin (2014) - 93 pts

Reviewed in 2015, but still available in the market, this partially ripasso-style (of refermentation on skins) is unique in the Cape. Light in colour, but has the grip of skin contact, zippy acidity, sweet red berry fruit and savoury tannins. Complex stuff. Drink: 2016-20