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The Grinder Pinotage 2012 Wine Review

The Grinder Pinotage 2012

The Grinder Pinotage 2012

W.O., Swartland, South Africa

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 6

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Price: $13.95

Drink: 2013-2016

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: The Grinder

Agent: Hobbs & Co. - Perigon

Natalie's Score: 89/100

Loaded with toasty oak, coffee, black pepper, dark spices, mocha and savoury dark fruit aromas. There's a seductive juiciness on the palate with full-bodied weight. Black plum and anise on the smoky finish. Highly recommended. Perfect for hearty meat dishes.

Pinotage food pairings: grilled meats, smoked pork, hearty mole based chili, pasta, black bean soup.

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This The Grinder Pinotage 2012 was reviewed on January 1, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

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  • 2,356 bottles
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Reviews and Ratings

Stephanie MacNeil rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

This pinotage stands it ground with flavour. Hit in the face with aromas of coffee, espresso and dark chocolate. Familiar dark fruit - dark cherry and plum fill the mouth. This full bodied pinotage will go perfect with a beef dish like prime rib.
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

90 points for typicity!
My limited experience in the Sommelier world has taught me that one either loves Pinotage ( a South African specialty) or one does NOT!
This Pinotage is deep purple with thick legs showing extraction indicitive of the 14% alcohol and luscious friut in the glass.
Pronounced aromas and flavours of coffee, black fruit, cherry,cranberry, chocolate, espresso,cedar,smoke, toast,black pepper,earth,clove,blackcurrent leaf, vanilla, leather, BACON!
Length is long on a fruit driven finish. This is a rich wine and I suggest sharing the bottle. It's at it's best right now. Not suitable for further aging.
Perfect summer BBQ wine.
Tasted: April 2014
Martha Kelly AIWS - CS rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

This South African wine lives up to its name with coffee bean and chocolate over layers of blueberry, cassis, and plum mingling with tobacco and sweet spice.
The refreshing wine has ripe tannic structure, with balancing acidity and long length on the warming complex finish.
Pair with lamb and grilled beef.
Drink now or cellar until 2018.
Date tasted: November 2014.
Pinotage is noted for its coffee aromas and flavours, and The Grinder certainly delivers as promised. Aromas and flavours of cracked black peppercorns and roasted coffee with black plum, wild strawberry and a spicy bittersweet chocolate in support. Pair this espresso – sorry – expressive wine with grilled meats. Source: Vintages Wine Panel, June 2013

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