Five Stars, A Top-Ten Ranking …

Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2007 sets new South African benchmark

From the classy, take-me-seriously bottle with its elegant label, featuring a delicate drawing of a remarkable canine, to the multiple stickers proclaiming its status, it is obvious that Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2007 is an important wine. It has just been named one of the best, as one of the Absa Top Ten Pinotages. This comes a few days after clinching the ultimate South African wine acclamation: a full five stars in the upcoming Platter SA Wine Guide 2010. The wine is being released in a limited quantity of 245 cases of twelve, of which some are already being exported to Belgium. Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2007 will retail at R300 at the cellar in Stellenbosch.

Five Stars a Top Ten ranking

It has just been named one of the best, as one of the Absa Top Ten Pinotages. This comes a few days after clinching the ultimate South African wine acclamation: a full five stars in the upcoming Platter SA Wine Guide 2010.

To say Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2007 is setting a new benchmark for South Africa’s ‘indigenous grape’, is to confirm that this is the first ultra-premium pinotage to be released in very limited quantities. But it also acknowledges that this, according to Beyers Truter, is one of the finest he has ever made. All in honour of a dog.

Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage is named after the pinotage pioneer’s beloved dog Diesel, who died in 2008. A canine of true winelands breeding, he was a cross between a great Dane and a bull mastiff, parents who resided on the wine estates of Warwick and Le Bonheur, respectively.

Truter, an internationally-acknowledged pinotage expert, created Diesel as a prestige pinotage and cellar flagship with special purpose. Beyerskloof, already the top producer of pinotage (120 000 cases a year of the general release, worldwide), has steadily pushed the envelope for the grape varietal. Already the most popular, it has now released arguable the world’s finest pinotage.

The newly-released wine is crafted from the best barrels to showcase the complexity, finesse, broadness of palate, depth and length obtainable when all components are skilfully harmonised and terroir respected, says Truter. The wine shows typical freshness, notes of French oak spice, cherries, dark berries and plums, held together in a restrained, classic manner which will develop further in years to come.

Yet to Beyers Truter, Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage is much more. The beautifully packaged bottle of premium wine honours an intimate friendship between a master vintner and his loyal dog. For years Diesel followed him where ever he went.

“Diesel was much more than a dog. He was my pal. One of those true friends who loves you despite your faults; that listens patiently to stories of sadness and share tail-wagging moments of happiness. He never barked back or lifted a critical ear. He was, undoubtedly, my best friend.”

And so, thanks to a great friendship between a man and his dog in the winelands, the world gets to share and sample one of the finest Pinotages ever produced.

More information: Francois Naude [ Tel:021-8652135 ]