I've been hitting the wine shop's bargain bin lately in an attempt to discover how value-priced wine ages. Thus far I'm two for two in pleasant experiences/discoveries.
The latest candidate is from South Africa. It's Migration Pinotage, 2001, priced at ten bucks.
Pinotage is a pretty gnarly grape. To some it's interesting. To others it's a next door neighbor to Brussels Sprouts. I happen to like a wine that throws scent & flavor curve-balls.
Migration Pinotage, '01 ($10)
- Grapes 'migrated' and mixed from several regions: Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Swartland
- Deep purple in color with a thin, pink rim
- Funk, funk, and more funk: scents of bacon, cedar, cigar, blackberry, and pepper
- Medium-body with a distinctive flavor, and lasting finish. The flavors, while unique, are not overpowering
***.5 (3.5 stars out of 5)
I gave this wine an extra 1/2-star because it offers something that most ten-dollar wines can't: ultra unique character. Try it with the gamiest of gamey dishes. It was dandy with my favorite delivery pizza (the Mt. Wolverine).