Angus Paul has a passion for South African heritage varietals, focussing on Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, and believes in minimal intervention winemaking – a combination that clearly works well.
The vision for Transient Lands is to ‘source, blend and bottle special parcels of Pinotage across the Western Cape and become an expression of each vintage through that grape’s proverbial lens.’. The 2021 vintage is sourced from three parcels – 10% from a block on the Polkadraai Hill, 45% comes from a Helderberg block planted in 1972 and the final 45% comes from the cooler Stanford Foothills on the South Coast.
This vintage shows a fine balance of delicacy and power. The wine shows a slight cracked pepper character backed up by waves of dark red fruit: cherries, cranberry, crushed strawberries. The palate is equally fruit forward and primary, but complemented by the cracked pepper character, slight reduction and firm structure. Though Pinotage is born of two grapes known for delicacy, stylistically it is usually geared toward power. This bottling shows a more classic interpretation, one that required no manipulation or box-squeezing to achieve.
Drink with anything from the grill, including stuffed brown mushrooms.