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Pinotage, The Next Decade
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The Absa Top 10 Pinotage selection 2006 was announced yesterday in Cape Town, marking the competition’s tenth year of existence.

Forty-eight wines were entered in the inaugural competition in 1997 while 2006 saw 130 wines submitted, of which 22 were first-time entries.

Pinotage pioneer Beyers Truter spoke of ‘the next decade’ for this homegrown variety saying that it would stylistically consist of wines with ‘classic balance’. Alluding to the current backlash by consumers and the wine trade in the wake of ever-higher alcohols, Truter said, ‘Pinotage can produce excellent wines between 13.5% and 14.5% alcohol.'

He announced short-term initiatives of the Pinotage Association, with the generous and sustained financial support of Absa Bank, would include a local generic Pinotage ‘show', an Absa Top 10 Pinotage Pocket Guide aimed at wine tourists, and overseas road shows.

The 2006 Top 10 Pinotage wines in alphabetical order:
Allée Bleue Pinotage 2005
Boland Cellar Winemakers Selection Pinotage 2004
Camberley Pinotage 2005
Clos Malverne Pinotage Reserve 2003
Kanonkop Pinotage 2004
Morewag Pinotage 2002
Pulpit Rock Pinotage 2004
Stellenzicht Golden Triangle 2005
Tukulu Papkuilsfontein Pinotage 2004
Wellington Cellar Pinotage Reserve 2003

The runners up out of the twenty finalists were:
Neethlingshof Pinotage 2002
Spier Private Collection Pinotage 2004
Slanghoek Private Collection 2004
Longridge Pinotage 2004
Dornier Pinotage 2004
Cloof Pinotage 2003
Groot Eiland Pinotage 2005
Bellevue PK Morkel Pinotage 2003
Kleine Parys Pinotage 2005
Fantail Pinotage 2005

Click here for the competition's official media release.

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