B-Vintners Liberte Pinotage, South Africa 2014

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B-Vintners Liberte Pinotage, South Africa 2014

25.00

"If you find a better Pinotage than their "Liberté," then do let me know." - The Wine Advocate (Neal Martin)

The Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Liberté is a Pinotage that is grown on decomposed granite soils (this is not a debut since there is an unreleased 2013). The vines are specifically located at high altitude, without too much sun, in order to lock in the freshness without denuding them of flavor. The extraction was just one daily punch-down with a lot of cold soaking. It is, what you might call, a more "transparent" Pinotage with brambly red berry fruit, and subtle tertiary notes that turn more incense-like with aeration, and there are touches of potpourri in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh and very crisp red berry fruit, perhaps the most tensile Pinotage you will find in South Africa. It has superb tension on the finish that betrays its Pinot Noir ampelographic ancestory. This is one of those wines that might make a few winemakers that load their Pinotage with oak, perhaps rethink, even if they do not change their modus operandi. Serve this outstanding Pinotage for those with preconceptions about the variety (which let's face it, is 99% of consumers). 93 points

Neal Martin:
 "These are interesting, cerebral wines that fortunately do not forsake drinkability for pleasure. Speaking to both Bruwer and Gavin, it is clear that they have painstakingly gone about selecting unique sites for their fruit. What they are debuting here are some really terroir-driven wines -- the type that are burgeoning in the Cape at the moment. And if you find a better Pinotage than their "Liberté," then do let me know."

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