Jacksons 'Limited Release' Pinotage 2009 from Stanford Hills Winery
Stanford Hills is a small boutique operation that produces around 2,500 cases a year. Located just outside the small town of Stanford in the Walker Bay Wine of Origin District, Standford Hills Winery is situated on the 130 hectare Weltevrede farm, in which 12 hectares are planted to vines. The vineyard was originally planted by Hamilton Russell in 2002 for their Southern Right label until Hamilton Russell bought the farm adjacent to Weltevrede. Original owner Maurice Jackson, who subsequently sold the farm to four investors in 2005, decided to make the wine under his own name with the help of then Hamilton Russell’s winemaker, Kevin Grant. The main income of the farm is through the export of flowers grown on the farm, but wine is increasing becoming more of a focus.
The 2009 Jacksons Pinotage displays a lovely dark red berry lift with just a touch of the varietals savory side adding nuance, with a slight, smoky, forest floor, earthy component pushing up thru on the wine’s aromatics. The palate is supple and seamless; the tannins refined, adding well integrated structural grip to the fruit, bringing us back to its Pinot Noir origins, with an engaging plumpness to the lovely dark plum and darker red berry fruit flavors. Medium to medium fuller bodied this is a real crowd pleaser that stylistically will have a lot of fans. Pinotage when done right can be a nice drop; hats off to this one…