In the Oscar winning script for the 2004 film “Sideways,” one of the characters says about Pinot Noir “Only somebody who really takes the time to understand pinot’s potential  can then coax it into its fullest expression, “ and how true it is. Notoriously difficult to work with, prone to diseases that other grapes ride over with ease, unpredictable in the extreme, it can be a knockout when in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing. Also from “Sideways”– “Oh its flavours, they are just the most haunting and brilliant –and thrilling and subtle —and ancient on the planet.”

Ready to be made into something really special

In wine making, time and effort mean money and this translates into some hefty prices for the very best Pinots. Nevertheless there are some out there that make a pretty good stab at it. I have chosen one which is in my opinion good value for money,The name comes from the French for pine tree and black, not because of the flavor but because the grapes form a bunch in the shape of a pine cone on the vine. All of them should be cooled down in the fridge for about 30 minutes before drinking.


Paul Cluver and Andries Burger

This charmer from the Elgin Valley from master winemaker Andries Burger,has plenty of fruit, a gorgeous bright crimson colour,and is light and appealing. Just the thing with creamy pasta dishes or goat’s cheese salad. A touch of oak adds to the flavor palette.A bargain at R125 at the cellar