Stumble Vineyards, White Pinotage, W.O. Western Cape, South Africa, 2013
Natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, about £10
Pump the air out and put in the fridge overnight, the both nose and palate become dominated by pineapple, albeit unripe pineapple.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, of pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium intensity, youthful, with aromas of sweet ripe dessert apple, grapefruit pith, a herbaceous green pepper hint, an indistinct honeyed tropical fruit warmth, and a low-key oaky undertone.
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, a slight gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium body, with a lightly oily texture, medium intensity with a sense of sweetness and richness, with flavours of rich sweet stewed apple, a guava-like warm tropical note, a hint of pineapple skin, and ripe grapefruit pulp. A long length with a clean fresh citrussy infused finish, and a slight bitterness at the end.
Quality: a good quality wine, with fresh acidity balancing the intensity of promising aromas. A warm interesting nose with tropical nuances which follow through on the less complex palate. Of modest concentration but long length, this is ready to drink now, will keep for 1-2 years, and will not improve in cellar.