2014 wild ferment Topper’s Mountain Pinotage Viognier


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Pinotage (pronounced peeno-taaj) is considered to be an indigenous South African variety but in truth it is a cross between Burgundian Pinot Noir and Southern France Cinsaut which was created at a South African Stellenbosch University.

Its aromas and flavours can cover vast areas between plums and roasted marshmallows. The biggest challenge for the winegrower is to keep its yields low enough to achieve balance between acidity, alcohol and especially tannins which can sometimes be a bit too aggressive.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby colour reveals concentrated but fresh and charming aromas of dark cherries on freshly baked cake, blueberries and ripe blackberries, followed by hint of green pepper, clove and vanilla. 

Very smooth on the palate as the Viognier plays its part softening the uncompromising straightforwardness of Pinotage. 

Red and black berry flavours are driven by furious acidity supported by strong tannic backbone leaving with soft chocolaty oaky notes. As far as we know this is the only Pinotage Viognier blend in the world!

Optimal serving temperature: 15 – 17 °C

Food pairing: Our Pinotage likes red meat and spice. It will go perfectly with a spicy marinated lamb or venison. It would be a very good choice to accompany Indian style food.


Region: New England

Variety: Pinotage + Viognier

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol content: 14.3 %




Bottle size: 750 ml

Cellaring potential: up to 2024. 

Production:  1143 bottles produced. 

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