BB Review: Houdamond Pinotage 2013


BOTTLE: Houdamond Pinotage 2013 - Stellenbosch, South Africa

WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: Marks & Spencer for £13.99

ABV & TECH SPECS:  14.5% ABV.  This wine was hand-picked from old bush vines and aged in American oak. 

LET'S GET NERDY: Pinotage is often described as a marmite wine and is both loved and disliked for its unusual aromas which can combine earthiness, meat and funky notes of banana and acetone. Pinotage is actually a scientific cross of two other varietals, Pinot Noir and Cinsault, and was developed in 1925 in Stellenbosch by scientist Abraham Perold who wanted to create a grape that had nuances of Pinot (which was difficult to grow in South Africa at the time) with the hardiness of Cinsault.

PARTY FACT: The 1920s was the time to be growing weird and wonderful grapes all over the world. Austria was at it with Zweigelt and Germany with Scheurebe. Maybe scientist might want to pick catchier names next time?


CARO: A summer’s night cuddle of spices and fruit that you never want to let go of.

ANGELA: Disclaimer: I tend to fall into the ‘I hate marmite’ camp on Pinotage. However, this was a nicely balanced drop – silky on the palate, medium bodied with fresh mouth-watering stewed cherries and strawberry flavours. I also loved the little mocha and smoke aroma.

KATE: Despite its desert-dry finish, this Pinotage has an in-your-face fruity start. Two sips in and I was craving a spinach and strawberry salad topped with a blue cheese dressing and a sprinkle of crispy bacon and toasted walnuts. This is a great wine for warm summer nights (but not so warm that you want to drink something light - think cashmere-friendly summer nights) when you're dining al fresco (on said salad). It's definitely a wine that I'd pick up for a simple summer dinner party with good friends and I'm sure we'd enjoy every drop.