Having recently had the pleasure of savouring the Survivor Wines Pinotage Reserve 2021, it’s with great enthusiasm that I tell you of their recent victory at the 28th annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition. This accolade marks their third triumph in the competition, and I must say, it’s well-deserved. Survivor Wines’ commitment to excellence truly shines through in every sip.
Exploring the Heritage of Pinotage
Before delving into the wine itself, it’s important to acknowledge the heritage of Pinotage, which serves as the backbone of Survivor Wines. This unique grape variety has a fascinating history, born from the crossing of Hermitage and Pinot Noir by the late Prof Izak Perold in 1925. Dr. Charlie Niehaus played a crucial role in saving this experiment, giving birth to Pinotage. Survivor Wines’ own story is deeply rooted in survival, mirroring the resilience of Pinotage itself. Leading this legacy is Pierre Wahl, affectionately known as the “Pope of Pinotage,” whose dedication to this iconic grape is unwavering.
The Survivor Wines Pinotage Reserve 2021 – A Triumph
When I was about to taste the first sip of Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2021, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of anticipation. This wine is made from a 21-year-old bush vine vineyard in the Swartland, nurtured on rugged decomposed granite soils. It’s a wine that embodies distinction, and I wholeheartedly agree with Pierre Wahl’s belief that the cooler embrace of the 2021 vintage played a vital role in this wine earning its rightful place among the ABSA TOP 10.
A Sensory Journey
Upon looking at the wine in the glass, it revealed a rich, deep colour that hinted at the delights to come. The bouquet was nothing short of captivating, with notes of blackberry fruit pastilles, freshly picked ripe cherries, and subtle hints of vanilla spice. Each sip was a journey through a medley of red and black fruit, and what truly set this wine apart was its added freshness that extended its length on the palate.
Gratitude to the Pinotage Association and Absa Bank
In celebrating the triumph of Survivor Wines and the excellence of the Survivor Wines Pinotage Reserve 2021, it’s essential to extend heartfelt gratitude to the Pinotage Association for their tireless efforts in promoting and advancing Pinotage, with steadfast support from Absa Bank as the sponsor. The dedication of these organizations is evident in the outstanding quality of Pinotage wines they showcase.
A Toast to Heritage and Perseverance
As South Africans come together to celebrate their heritage this month, I can’t help but raise my glass to a wine that embodies both heritage and perseverance. Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2021 is a testament to the ingenuity and dedication of Survivor Wines, and I wholeheartedly encourage wine enthusiasts to experience it for themselves. With 134 entries from 73 farms across the Western Cape this year, achieving a place among the top is a remarkable feat, and all the winners, including Survivor Wines, deserve commendation for their outstanding contributions to the Pinotage heritage.
For more information and the opportunity to experience Survivor Wines Pinotage Reserve 2021, please visit Survivorwines.com or contact: 023 347 5012. Cheers to heritage, excellence, and the indomitable spirit of Pinotage!