When you pair Pinotage and biltong, it is the perfect South African pairing. It is certainly a match made in heaven for many locals and tourists. The Pinotage and Biltong Festival showcased this in style at their annual event that took place at Perdeberg Cellar in Paarl.
This is the one festival dedicated to the Pinotage varietal in all its diversity. A fun-filled event in the Winelands with an Oyster & MCC bar, Perdeberg’s own craft beer range, a kiddies play area, food trucks and last but not least, live music performed by Guy Feldman and his band.
On arrival everyone received a branded Pinotage and Biltong Festival wine glass together with a pairing card. This allowed you to taste 18 different wines, paired with specific biltong sponsored by Namaqualand Biltong. All chosen to highlight the best qualities of both flavours.
The flavour of Pinotage is extemely diverse and we tasted a great range from traditional red Pinotage to a delicious, unique white Pinotage. The range also included Rosé’s, sparkling wine and wonderful blends.
Koelenhof Pinorto 2020 and Badsberg Ref Jerepigo 2020
Biltong Pairing: Chilli Biltong
Koelenhof Pinorto 2020
Old bush vines from prime vineyards in Stellenbosch. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and matured in third fill French oak barrels. Well-balanced with nutty-caramel nuances which ends with a silky finish.
Badsberg Red Jerepigo 2020
A Fortitied wine made from Pinotage. Full round feels with rich berry and jammy plum flavours.
Doran Vineyards Pinotage 2019 and Diemersfontein Pinotage 2020
Biltong Pairing: Smokey Droëwors
Doran Vineyards Pinotage 2019
Profound fragrances of dried prunes and wild cherries, complemented by the subtle notes of clove and cinnamon.
Diemersfontein Pinotage 2020
The Diemersfontein Pinotage is the original Coffee Pinotage. The Diemersfontein Pinotage shows dark chocolate with a hint of mint and baked plums on the nose.
Kanu Rifle Range Red 2018 and Leopard’s Leap Special Edition Pinotage 2020
Biltong Pairing: Kudu Biltong
Kanu Rifle Range Red 2018
Tantalising aromas of biltong, dark chocolate and Christmas spices on the nose. Soft supple tannins and lingering mocha notes.
Leopard’s Leap Special Edition Pinotage 2020
The nose is packed with fruit-forward aromas of raspberry and cherry. Soft nuances of nutmeg and black pepper intertwine with juicy red fruit flavours, underlined by subtle hints of vanilla and oak spices, soft tannins and an elegant finish.
Boland Cappupino Ccinotage 2021 and Doolhof Dark Lady Pinotage 2021
Biltong Pairing: Kudu Droëwors
Boland Cappupino Ccinotage 2021
The Boland Cellar coffee-style Pinotage displays layers of dark prune, plum and ripe blueberry flavours, with a prominent toasted French oak finish, reminiscent of Mocha Java ground coffee. Due to the careful extraction of Pinotage fruit flavours, the oak is well integrated and delivers a wine with a delightfully smooth and lingering finish.
Doolhof Dark Lady Pinotage 2021
A mocha explosion with dark chocolate, rich black fruit, almonds and black cherries on the nose. All these elements follow through adding complexity and depth on the palate. Light to medium body with firm, well integrated tannins. Lovely fruit and wood balance.
Bellevue Pinotage 2018 and Hill & Dale Pinotage 2019
Biltong Pairing: Ostrich Biltong
Bellevue Pinotage 2018
This wine shows cherry, plum and raspberry flavours on the nose, complimented by a silky tannin structure and a lingering finish. A bold intense beautifully balanced wine.
Hill & Dale Pinotage 2019
A complex melange of red fruit flavours, enticing spiciness and earthy nuttiness. Medium full in structure with a supple juicy softness.
Mellasat White Pinotage 2019 and Balance Sweet Temptation NV
Biltong Pairing: Greek Biltong
Mellasat White Pinotage 2019
Making white wine from red grapes using South Africa’s unique Pinotage grape. Whole bunch pressing prevented the juice from obtaining colour from the skins. Barrel fermented and matured for eleven months with lees stirring gives this wine a slightly creamy, nutty character to balance the tropical fruit and banana flavours.
Overhex – Balance Sweet Temptation NV
Salmon pink with sweet flavours of raspberries, cherries and strawberries enlivened by bright acidity.
Du Toitskloof Pinotage 2019 and Neethlingshof Estate Pinotage 2020
Biltong Pairing: Plain Biltong
Du Toitskloof Pinotage 2019
Dark ruby in colour, this wine offers aromas of ripe plums, cherries, chocolate and a slight scent of dried banana, all wrapped in sweet, oaky vanilla. Dry, supple tannins add to a silky mouth-feel of black cherries.
Neethlingshof Estate Pinotage 2020
Aromas of ripe red plum, black cherry, cloves and a hint of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied wine with flavours of plum, toasted coconut and dark chocolate with a good tannic backbone.
Groenland Pinotage Rosé 2021 and Beyerskloof Dry Rosé 2020
Groenland Pinotage Rosé 2021
The palate is dry with medium acidity. The nose is layered with red berry flavours which lingers on the palate.
Beyerskloof Dry Rosé 2020
Clean and crisp entrance, refreshingly dry with good acidity. A medium- bodied Rosé that is layered with sweet red berries. Hints of buttery, creamy notes add complexity to this serious and delightful Rosé, finishing off with a lingering aftertaste of red cherries and sweet strawberries.
Lanzerac Pinotage Rosé 2021
The Lanzerac Pinotage Rosé lives up to its name with gentle aromatic notes of perfume and rose petals, crushed strawberries and redcurrants. It enjoyed a mere 2 hours of skin contact to give it its delicate color and soft fruit flavours. A dry, perfumed and fruity rosé that is perfect for easy sipping during the warmer summer months.
The festival was painted with shades of purple and showcased Pinotage in a variety of flavours, styles and colours. A festival of feathers and glitter galore, where the wine is flowing and the people are merry.
Categories: Pinotage and Biltong Festival