Had an excellent tasting at lunch at High Timber today, focusing on older South African Chenin Blanc and Pinotage. It was really cool to be able to try this bottle, in particular – the Lanzerac 1966 Pinotage – because it’s older than me, and it’s still in great condition. This wouldn’t have been an expensive wine when it was released, and it’s served in a very distinctive bottle. Lanzerac, part of the Stellenbosch Farmers Winery, still use this bottle shape for their current offerings: it was launched in 1959, the first commercial bottling of Pinotage was the Lanzerac 1961, but the range virtually disappeared in the 1970s before the brand was revived in the mid-1990s. I tasted a 1964 Lanzerac Pinotage in 2012, and it was also in good shape.
Lanzerac Pinotage 1966 Stellenbosch, South Africa
Earthy and spicy with a hint of medicine, as well as plenty of herby cherry and berry fruit. Lovely density and fruit presence for a 48 year old wine, with some smoky, savoury notes under the vibrant berry fruits. This is really delicious, and has some time on its side still. Lovely. 94/100