Radford Dale Frankenstein Pinotage, natural production, lush, rich, fruity, clean Pinotage, no burnt flavours - an absolute must for lovers of the variety. Termed 'Frankenstein' as a tongue in cheek reference to Pinotage's laboratory birth as a hybrid of Pinotage and Cinsault, this Pinotage goes to prove that not all experiments are as disastrous as those of Dr Frankenstein. Pinotage isn't for everybody and it often 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 those less desirable elements of the variety. Semi-carbonic maceration and part wood fermentation aim to preserve fruity aromas and freshness and keep the oak under wraps. Early picking preserves the fresh red fruits and Pinot Noir like elements of the variety. The result is the best Pinotage we 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!
|Wine Type||Red Wine|
|Wine Style||Full bodied|
|Terroir||white clay at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain|
|Total Sulphur||18 mg/litre|
|Maturation||About a year in old 500 and 600 litre barrels|
|Annual Production||0 - 5,000 bottles|
|Ageing Potential||5 years|