South African Wine a Hit at Mauna Lani
We poured wine for an event at our Mauna Lani Foodland Farms last weekend for about 200 Big Island wine enthusiasts. The hit of the show was definitely the Ernst & Company Pinotage.
Pinotage was created in South Africa by crossing Pinot Noir with Hermitage (Cinsaut). Pinotage is a uniquely South African grape variety, and has now achieved international success. Produced by a husband and wife team, Ernst and Gwenda Gouws, together have created a gem of a wine. Ernst captured the essence of this wine as he shared, "We wanted a wine designed to meet American tastes, so we offer a juicy plum and cherry fruit carried by silky tannins over a basking of integrated oak. You can enjoy it with meaty dishes or on its own."
Most of our Mauna Lani friends had never tasted a Pinotage, or even any wine from South Africa, so it was fun to get their comments on this brand new wine experience. Throughout the event, the Ernst & Company Pinotage was the most asked for and most repeatedly poured wine at Mauna Lani.
We're happy to find such a fantastic wine from South Africa, and you can find the Ernst & Company Pinotage offered exclusively at our stores modestly priced at around $10.
The Gouws family standing in front of their Pinotage vines in South Africa:
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