Ah, pinotage, pinotage, pinotage. This cross between pinot noir and cinsault has long been scorned by wine lovers; its reputation like that of, say, Blue Nun or Bucky, reduced in tatters. But in recent years there has been a revival: pinotage has grabbed the attention of some really excellent winemakers - winemakers who avoid the pitfalls of over-ripening, overcropping, over-extracting, over-oaking, etcetera to make pinotages to be proud of
"Blank Bottle Saint Rand 2018 - my first straight Pinotage. You all know the story of our recent trip to Marseille with our film Epileptic Inspiration. To solidify our memories and to keep us going until the awards ceremony on 14 October in Paris, I thought it good to name a wine after our adventure. Saint Rand is the registered name of our PTY Ltd. - Saint Rand Productions (tongue-in-cheek upper class name for our very humble but wonderful home town - the Strand). I appreciate the new lighter styles currently emerging in the marketplace, but deep down I like the heavier, old-style Pinotages way more. So with Blank Bottle Saint Rand 2018, I aimed for something in between - not as heavy as the older styles and not as light as the modern versions."