Interesting article on Pinotage in WSJ
What I find interesting is that you can get to be a wine writer on an internationally respected newspaper and yet produce such a poor and biased article. She gets the name of wines wrong when she has the bottle in front of her (it's Three Cape Ladies), miss off the vintages of those wines she's reviewing, and get her facts wrong after a presumably quick scan of Wikipedia.
If one equate that the lack of presence of pinotage on American wines lists with lack of quality then all California wines must be terrible because they're as rare as hens teeth on South African wine lists.
- That 'burnt tires' is typical of Pinotage and that Pinotage producers complaints were the reason for research into the cause of 'burnt tire' taint, when in fact the research project was triggered by 'burnt tires' in a range of top wines none of which were Pinotage.(There was a taint problem with red South African wines, but it was not typical of pinotage.)
- Chenin Blanc is not gnerally known as Steen, its a historic name dating from before the two were identified as the same.
- Chenin was once South Africa's most important variety, implying it no longer is when in fact it still the most planted by far
- that pinotage was once known as Perold's Hermitage x Pinot - its not a name, its a description. It wasn't known by anyone as that except perhaps in the experimental vineyard, in the same way as Traminette was 'known' as NY65.533.13.
- I've noted the incorrect wine names and missing vintages.
WSJ has had to amend the article and add a correction underneath regarding Nelson Mandela who Teague had said 'didn't love Pinotage'.
(As we knew when read it. It is true he didn't love pinotage because he doesn't drink any wine except occasionally the very sweet Klein Constantia 'Vin de Constance' - which for a long time claimed that this was the only wine Mandela ever drank.)