Coffee Pinotage remains a sensation. It was discovered ‘by accident’ about a decade ago when Wellington wine estate Diemersfontein had a bit of a cellar crisis. Because the winemaker didn’t have enough tank space, he put his freshly pressed Pinotage juice into new, heavily toasted oak barrels – and discovered that it then developed a rich mocha aroma and flavour.
Voila! A new style of wine was born and has been much emulated ever since – not to mention much criticised by purists. Regardless of the pro and con arguments, coffee-styled Pinotages are turning people on to drinking red wine and their enthusiasm should not be discounted. Van Zijl is one of the brands in the Imbuko stable and winemaker Theunis van Zyl has nothing but admiration for what his Wellington neighbour, Diemersfontein, has achieved.
‘People always talk about liking dry wines, but the truth is that everyone likes a bit of sweetness,’ he says. Which is why the Van Zijl Coffee Pinotage is just a touch sweeter than most. Consumers can expect to find a distinctly smoky, freshly brewed coffee aroma on this wine, but it’s backed up by rich black fruit and spice flavours in the mouth.