Produced by Welgegund winemaker Daniel Langenhoven, the Pinotage has stumped seasoned palates locally and abroad; its dried herb, buchu and blueberry a vast departure from the cassis, cherry, banana and plum generally attributed to well-made Pinotage.
Like all of the wines on Welgegund, a 50 hectare farm outside Wellington, the Pinotage has been made in tiny quantity; a total of 3,000 bottles produced for the 2009 vintage. Additional wines from the farm include four-star Platter guide laureate Chiara white blend 2009; and Ricco 2009, a Mediterranean blend due for release in 2010.
The Michelangelo International Wine Awards attracted 1,400 entries this year, of which 28 were awarded double gold. The additional double gold medal for a Pinotage was awarded to Altydgedacht estate.
Further information about the Welgegund wines can be found on the website, www.welgegund.co.za; or the Welgegund Facebook page.