Remhoogte Vantage Pinotage 2016
Pinotage is South Africa’s signature red grape, a cross of pinot noir and cinsault created nearly a century ago. The wines are often dull at best. Remhoogte’s Vantage Pinotage, however, is one of the best I’ve ever tasted. It is savory and deep, almost syrah-like with some characteristics of the northern Rhone. Absolutely delicious, it improves over a night or two, so give it time to open up and strut its stuff. Alcohol by volume: 14 percent.
Imported and distributed by Well Crafted Wine & Beverage Co.: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Dean & DeLuca, Eye Street Cellars, the Wine Outlet. Available in Maryland at Ronnie’s Fine Wine & Spirits in Forest Hill, Roundabout Fine Wine & Spirits in Laurel. Available in Virginia at Branch & Vine, Ellwood Thompson’s Natural Market and Union Market in Richmond, Cheesetique (all locations), Classic Wines in Great Falls, Fern Street Gourmet and Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Grape & Gourmet, Lubo Wine Tasting Room and Yiannis Wine Shop in Virginia Beach, Market Street Wineshop in Charlottesville, Sonny’s Fine Wine and Beer in Henrico, Swirl & Sip in Fairfax, Uncork’d in Suffolk, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview).
Kaapzicht Kaleidoscope 2017
This is a terrific red blend based on cabernet sauvignon and pinotage, with a few other varieties for spice. It is racy and vibrant with dark fruit flavors and refreshing acidity. Enjoy this with burgers or steak from the grill, or just a good movie. ABV: 14 percent.
Imported by Red Wolf Imports, distributed by Global Wines: Available in the District at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Rodman’s, Watergate Vintners & Spirits, Wine & Butter. Available in Maryland at Beer, Wine and Co. in Bethesda, Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring.
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