Graham Beck – 2010 Pinno Pinotage

If you’re searching for an easy drinking, easy on the wallet, sociable red, this might be what you’re looking for.  We were invited to a last minute gathering of friends and grabbed this from the cellar to take over with us, and it was a hit with everyone (well, except the one guy who only drinks beer, but that’s another story).  Not knowing the menu ahead of time, this turned out to be a perfect choice to pair with grilled pork tenderloin, roasted new potatoes and stuffed mushrooms.  The aromas were pleasantly fruity, with plum, berry and just a hint of spice.  The alcohol was modest and in no way overwhelming.  The mouth feel was pleasant and soft, with a medium body.  Tannins were restrained and overall very well balanced.  The finish was pleasant and soft.  At the risk of sounding too industrial, this was a very nice all-purpose wine.