Ten years ago, my wife and I sponsored a row of pinotage grape vines in the Perold Vineyard on Mostertsdrift, the home of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).
The vineyard covers a mere 0,5 hectares and is planted with 966 vines. It produces 1 000 bottles of wine per vintage.
I recently visited STIAS to attend the launch of our latest vintage and it came with a brand change.
I proudly present, the Aliquid Novi Pinotage:
A Liquid Novi (photograph by Stefan Els)
Since 2017, the vineyard has been managed by Lanzerac and they describe the new wine as “an elegant, lighter wine of pronounced character. It is clear that this descendant takes more from the Pinot Noir parent than the Hermitage lineage. Not heavy or overwhelming, but nuanced and complex, more reminiscent of a Pinot, the colour is nonetheless deep and the nose typical.”
The wine’s name refers to the dictum of Pliny the Elder, a Roman philosopher: ex Africa semper aliquid novi (something new always comes out of Africa).
Proud grape daddy that I am, I found the wine delicious and worthy of a second glass.
It boasts a striking, embossed and detailed label, absolutely gorgeous.
Aliquid Novi Pinotage is for sale at the Tasting Room on Lanzerac Estate or from the Lanzerac Wine Shop.
And remember, lurking somewhere in that beautiful bottle of wine may be the product of some of my grapes……