Freaky Friday, Vol. 2: M.A.N Family Wines – Bosstok Pinotage, Coastal Region, South Africa
Welcome to Freaky Friday – where (on Fridays) we feature new, exciting, and different wines that we have available in the shop! Our goal is to feature some unique and “freaky” wines made from lesser known grape varieties, or from lesser known wine making regions, or both!
This week our featured wine is M.A.N Family Wines – Bosstok Pinotage, a wine from the Coastal Region of South Africa. With its earthy tones, bramble-y fruit flavors, and its subtle touch of spice, it’s the perfect red wine for sipping in the fall!
The Pinotage grape is a crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault and is almost exclusively grown in South Africa. Like most wines, it can be made in a wide variety of styles from light and fruity, to full, rich, and brooding! One unique characteristic however, is the distinct coffee and chocolate aromas and flavors it develops when aged with toasted oak staves. These notes of coffee and chocolate pair quite well with the red berry flavors of the wine (think chocolate covered cherries or strawberries)! Pinotage is also commonly blended with international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (typical of Bordeaux blends) to make the unique Cape Blend!
This M.A.N Family Wine is an affordable and easy-drinking style of Pinotage, gaining some extra complexity from the way in which its specific grapes are grown. The term Bosstok on the label refers to the un-trellised bush vines grown in the region. These vines are low-yielding in their fruit and produce smaller, more concentrated grapes with more complex flavors. Additionally, a small portion of the wine (25% to be exact) spends 12 month in new American oak, imparting soft hints of vanilla and baking spice. When drinking this wine, look for flavors of ripe red berry-fruits, like cherries and strawberries, backed by a touch of vanilla, nutmeg, coffee, and a spicy earthiness on the finish. For such a complex wine this bottle is a steal at $11.99 each!