Diemersfontein in Wellington celebrates “The Original Coffee Pinotage” with barrels of its famous wine spread around the wine estate providing the goods from a tap – à volonté. Ad fundum. The ever-growing legions of devotees who attend Diemersfontein’s “POT Parties”(dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure and playtime, augmented by volumes of the now-legendary Coffee-Chocolate Pinotage) know that these festivals are the ultimate jols on the South African social calendar, so it may come as no surprise to fans that Pinotage-on-Tap was officially rated “Best Wine Event in the World“, at the 2014 Drinks International Tourism Awards in London.
The Diemersfontein Original Coffee Chocolate Pinotage is a young wine made to be drunk early. We bottle each year in July or August – after an oaky immersion for just five months. Ready to enjoy soon thereafter – and though you can reserve it a little, – it’s at its best in the first year or two. (However, fans don’t generally wait that long!)
No wine is ever exactly the same year on year, and we do taste some vintage variation. The fans of course love to argue about their favourites and the merits of each. But we will always maintain the essential features of this phenomenal wine – the consistency that comes from using only the highest quality grapes from the Wellington region and the same fermentation and oak maturation process every year.
Over the past 15 vintages, this unique Pintage has received numerous awards and accolades. It was quite literally out of the starting blocks when it won a place in the ABSA Top Ten, followed shortly thereafter with a Trophy at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards for best Pinotage, silver at Wine Style Asia, Silver in Nova Scotia, Michelangelo Gold 2006, and the list continued to grow. One of the best acknowledgements included when in April 2007, Neil Pendock christened it “The People’s Pinotage” after his consumer survey in the South African Sunday Times found that it was the “overwhelming favorite” of all Pinotages! Since then the people have spoken again by voting it “The Best Red Wine on Show” at Winex in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2008/9/10, and the awards continue today.