Spier 21 Gables Pinotage, 2012

A go-to wine for me, Spier 21 Gables Pinotage is logged in my memory as one of the smoothest, full-bodied, and complex Pinotages available in Calgary. On the nose, you are greeted with aromas of chocolate and plums, which follows through to the plate along with red berries and the slightest hint of mint. The vineyard is unusually close to the ocean, and benefits from cool breezes off False Bay, which allows the grapes a longer hang time, adding elegance and balance. 21 Gables Pinotage is a versatile food wine, pairing as well with beef ribs, and lamb and venison dishes, as it does with a tomato-onion based beef curry such as Rogan Josh. CSPC 764174, $36

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