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Silkbush Lions Drift Pinotage 2009

by Nannette Eaton on July 22, 2013

“A fragrant breeze wandered up from the quiet sea, trailed along the beach, and drifted back to the sea again, wondering where to go next. On a mad impulse it went up to the beach again. It drifted back to sea.” — Douglas Adams

Silkbush Lions Drift Pinotage South Africa

Feeling adrift in the summer heat with a landscape flooded with insipid flavorless white wines? Wine Harlots say get anchored with Silkbush Lions Drift Pinotage. Pinotage is a South African hybrid of pinot noir and hermitage, who had a bit of a reputation for producing wines that had an unappealing “burnt rubber tire” quality. Whatever the issues with pinotage were, they seem to be firmly in the past. Silkbush Lions Drift Pinotage is fruity, lush and dense. It was like drinking merlot – plush and warm and welcoming like being wrapped up in a chenille blanket. Perhaps this isn’t the bottle to be drinking poolside on a sweltering day, but as soon as the grill is fired up, breakout the Silkbush Lions Drift Pinotage, this wine pairs amazingly with anything grilled or barbequed. The pinotage has a slightly meaty quality that complements food prepared over an open flame. Wine Harlots suggest exercising your grill-master skills with Dr. BBQ’s Backyard Championship Ribs. Musically, the match is “Pata Pata” from Miriam Makeba from the album of the same name.

Details: 14.5% alcohol. Screw-cap closure. Appellation: Breedekloof. Grape: Pinotage. Actual retail: $13-18 USD. USA importer: South Atlantic Wines. This was a media sample provided by Silkbush Mountain Vineyards.

photo credit: EatonAlive ©2013