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Radford Dale Frankenstein Pinotage 2014

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One Line Description Best Pinotage we have come across, not over oaked and not overly astrigent, instead is rich, fruity and tasty.
Production Method Conventional
Country South Africa South African
Region Stellenbosch, SA
Producer Radford Dale
Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Pinotage
Alcohol 13.5% abv
Terroir white clay at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain
Maturation About a year in old 500 and 600 litre barrels
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 5 years
Decanter Specialist Organic Wine Retailer 2017 Winner


Dr. Abraham Perold was the South African viticulturist and scientist who in 1925 germinated, at Stellenbosch University, the Pinotage varietal -by intermingling two species of grapes which, arguably, should never have been given life together : Pinot Noir & Cinsault. A century earlier, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, from Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, created an equally strange creature, also by stitching together different body parts from mismatched ‘donors’. The Radford Dale Frankenstein Pinotage is our nod to the work carried-out in his laboratory by South Africa’s first professor of viticulture, Abraham Perold, and a wink to the creature he created.

One might say the esteemed doctor created a genuine vinous monster! Pinotage isn't for everybody and it ofetn does have a very dry, tar like astringency. But from low yielding vines in Helderberg with 24 years of age, this wine manages to show Pinotage's rich lush fruit and keep in check the more hard work elements of the variety. Semi-carbonic maceration and part wood fermentation aim to preserve fruity aromas and freshness and keep the oak under wraps. The result is the best Pinotage i have ever tasted and is a wine with its own genuine personality and style. Despite the name, monstrous it is not, rich, fruity and drinkable it is!

Radford Dale combines modern winemaking and traditional values to create some of the finest, rarest wines in the Cape. It’s all about quality, and the philosophy is simple: to produce reference South African wines with as little pretense and compromise as possible.

These wines are strongly site-driven, natural and balanced. Radford Dale believe South African wine should reflect the individuality of the local terroirs, rather than being driven by the globalisation and flavour standardisation of a medal-winning mentality.

Whilst the wines are without doubt fruity, rich and full bodied, there is more personality here than in many of their Cape contemporaries.

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