Epitome, Sumaridge Estate, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 2011
A fabulous blend of shiraz and pinotage from the Sumaridge vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, close to Hermanus that is now considered to be where many of the finest South African wines are made. The proximity to the sea ensures cool winds to balance the heat which the traditional inland wine growing areas lack. This is their 'showtime' red wine aged in new oak for 18 months with over 6 years of bottle age.
The wine is close in style to a Northern Rhône with the pinotage, South Africas hometown grape giving the wine that extra backbone and density of flavour. You need look no further for a mature full bodied red that is perfect for drinking on cold winter evenings.
PS - Sumaridge won the award of best vineyard of the year in South Africa in 2018 by the Luxury Travel Guide (LTG).