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Nederburg 2012 Pinotage Winemaster's Reserve, Western Cape

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UWC: 95  
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Nederburg 2012 Pinotage Winemaster's Reserve, Western Cape

Item Number: 30 70 123 12

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Nederburg is South Africa's most decorated winery. They've won more awards and medals for their wines than any other Cape producer. Clearly they know a thing or two about the unique terroir of this region and what better wine to express it than the signature grape, Pinotage. This Winemaster's Reserve is sourced from mature vineyards averaging 20 years of age around the Western Cape where the maritime influence balances the warm climate. After a slow, two week fermentation, the wine aged 12 months in oak barrels. And it seems the winemakers at Nederburg have the magic touch because this wine just received Chairman's Trophy and a score of 95 points from the Ultimate Wine Challenge. They said "Deep dark ruby red color. The nose is wonderfully complex with scents of ripe black cherry, plum and dried black fruits mingling with black pepper, smoky berries, and loads of brown baking spices. The palate confirms the nose and then some, delivering a multilayered fruit driven attack with ideally integrated spice, earth and oak notes." An amazing value!!

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Best Pinotage Ever
Never had a Pinotage with this style and finesse! It tastes like a much more expensive wine. Notes of blackberry and a silky smooth, lean finish make it a great weeknight sipper or even solid enough for special occasions!
October 22, 2014
Flowery bouquet 'masks' a dry red
Flowery bouquet masks a full bodied dry red that will pleasantly surprise many of Nonewine connoisseur's. This is a definitely above average SA red and very reasonably priced. Our preferred method of consumption is with red meat, though it can also stand on its own as a sipping wine prior to the main meal.
January 23, 2015
Not my favorite wine
I am rarely disappointed on Wine Express, but this was a disappointment. I have 5 more bottles which I will cellar and take my chances some magic may happen in the bottle.
December 22, 2014
cartainly interesting
thought it would be fun to try a South African pinotage, you don't get to see them very often and my friends would get a kick out of it...its just not very good, the acetate scent (think plastic) is pretty dominant and a little off-putting ....however it wasn't very expensive and i can always give it away for people to try and thats fun...
December 2, 2014

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How 'dry' is it?
Jake on Nov 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This is a dry wine with no perceptible sweetness.
what is the alcohol pct? (Nederberg 2012 Pinotage)
Ray on Nov 17, 2014

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