Diemersfontein Pinotage Wellington 2008

Member Review by Alvina:

Clean, deep ruby colour, tears. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, mint, candy and toffee on the nose. Med. body, med. acidity, med.+ alcohol, black fruits, prunes, coffee, black pepper, cinnamon, clove on the palate. Med+ finish. Acceptable\good quality. A nice wine with a lovely 'chocolate twist', not bad example of expressing pinotage varietal characteristics. Drink now or - preferrably - keep for 2-3 years.

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Diemersfontein:
Central to the working wine estate, is the third-generation family manor house, known as the 'Groot Huis', overlooking magnificent gardens, which are reminiscent of an era when gracious living and tranquility were the order of the day. Designed by Cecilia Sonnenberg, the gardens offer an abundance of roses and azaleas, a secluded swimming pool and is a much sought after venue for weddings, impo... Read more
Central to the working wine estate, is the third-generation family manor house, known as the 'Groot Huis', overlooking magnificent gardens, which are reminiscent of an era when gracious living and tranquility were the order of the day. Designed by Cecilia Sonnenberg, the gardens offer an abundance of roses and azaleas, a secluded swimming pool and is a much sought after venue for weddings, important celebrations and a peaceful getaway destination for conferences. Max Sonnenberg, with his son Richard (Dick), was the co-founder of Woolworths South Africa and a Member of Parliament in the Jan Smuts Government. He and his family used Diemersfontein as a country retreat, and during the war years, Italian prisoners of war were housed in the farm cottages. Richard took over the farm in the 1950s and became more involved in the farming operations. His wife Cecilia, a well known Cape Town actress and producer, was the co-founder of Maynardville Open Air Theatre, famous for its Shakespearian productions. The farm's association with the arts started with the strains of opera singing drifting up from the cottages housing the Italian prisoners. The family tradition of being patrons and contributors to the arts has been followed by the present owners, David and Sue Sonnenberg and Sue, an artist and chorister, is involved with encouraging and sponsoring local artists, providing them with materials and a place to work. The first vineyards were planted by David's father in the 1970s, and in 2000 David built his own cellar and started producing award-winning estate wines. Vineyard plantings include Shiraz, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and also the "lesser known" varietals Viognier, Barbera, Roobernet and Mouvedre. Diemersfontein's maiden vintage (2001) won the Paul Sauer Trophy for a wooded Pinotage at the SA Young Wine Show and from that first vintage, awards have continued to be received by the Estate for many of their wines. Some sections of the Estate are now offered for country living for those who favour a wine farm lifestyle, with all the advantages and none of the responsibilities. All the smallholdings, courtyard and fynbos mountain view sites are positioned in and around the vineyards to offer owners panoramic views, a secure environment and sophisticated infrastructure, while losing nothing of the tradition and authenticity that is Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate. Read less

Member Reviews for Diemersfontein Pinotage Wellington

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Snooth User: Alvina
127924101
3.00 5
04/25/2009

Clean, deep ruby colour, tears. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, mint, candy and toffee on the nose. Med. body, med. acidity, med.+ alcohol, black fruits, prunes, coffee, black pepper, cinnamon, clove on the palate. Med+ finish. Acceptable\good quality. A nice wine with a lovely 'chocolate twist', not bad example of expressing pinotage varietal characteristics. Drink now or - preferrably - keep for 2-3 years.


Snooth User: dombac
42730688
3.00 5
04/20/2010

Three glasses


External Reviews for Diemersfontein Pinotage Wellington

External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/21/2010

Kräfiges Rubinrot mit violetten Reflexen. Intensive Aromatik mit Noten von Zartbitterschokolade, Kakao, Kaffee, Karamelbonbon, mit einem Hauch Banane und Vanille. Im Gaumen süssliche Fülle, reifes subtiles Tannin.


External Review
Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/24/2010

Diemersfontein Pinotage 2008: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (6 Monate), lagerfähig 3 - 5 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2008Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: PaarlWeingut: DiemersfonteinRebsorte: 100% PinotageRestzucker: 2,75 g/LiterRestsäure: 5,25 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.14 Rotwein



Tasting Notes:

The label of this wine reads “The Original Coffee/Chocolate Pinotage,” and it easily lives up to its name. Bountiful aromas and flavors of dark berries, spices, a unique ripe banana flavor, chocolate, and of course, coffee. Makes a great pairing with a juicy hamburger, salmon, venison, and dark chocolate.


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