Stoneboat Vineyards 2009 Pinotage - 88+pts

Stoneboat Vineyards 2009 Pinotage (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $25
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 1013 cases
Date Tasted: July 18th, 2011

Tasting Notes: Not that it wouldn't benefit from another 6-12 months of bottle aging prior to opening, but compared to the 2007 and 2008 releases, the 2009 Pinotage from Stoneboat Vineyards, a yearly favourite of, is the most approachable example of this fine wine released in recent years. A yearly favourite due to its consistency and reliability, to not so much as resist vintage variation, but rather to adapt to it, producing a tasty, unique wine year-in-year-out.

On the nose, blueberry, prune and black pepper aromas mingle pleasantly with the likes of moody toasted oak, barnyard and saltine notes. The dry palate entertains with a vein of sweet dark fruit followed swiftly by savoury oak and spice flavours. The finish is tart, concentrated and balanced with lingering cracked pepper and a chalky texture. Drink 2011-2014.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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