Launch of Barista Black 2020

If the Authorised Biography of James Bond is to be believed, the world’s most celebrated secret agent is 100 years young. His creator may have passed on, and many of the actors who have portrayed him have died, but the idea of the man stands taller than ever.

And James has not been idle this past century. His ethos has seeped into every sphere of our luxury ideals, from the cars we aspire to drive, to the way we order our drinks. Actors and authors have come and gone, and details of his character have waxed and waned on the waves of cultural change. But through the decades, the essence and charisma of the legend have not only remained intact but have been polished to perfection.

And so it was, as Pinotage approaches a centenary of its own, that the Barista team noted the similarities to our own journey with the cultivar. It felt only appropriate that we conceive a wine and bottling regal enough to match the richness of the Pinotage legacy, while also shining a light on its potential to be the African cultivar of the next century. And Barista Black is just that: an expression of the grape which, like 007 himself, expresses luxury in the most timeless of fashions.

Built on the foundation of almost 100 years with the cultivar, the Barista team have reimagined the marriage between the purity of the Pinotage fruit, those unmistakable yet subtle coffee aromas, and the opulence of French oak, to create a wine that not only carries the richness of its past, but also the vibrance of its future.

This luxury wine provides a well-deserved moment to slow down, and savour one’s hard-earned successes amidst the otherwise fast pace of our urban lifestyle.

Barista Black is a celebration of those with the foresight to envision their future, the courage to fight for their ideals, and the providence to share the prize with those who have walked the road beside them.

Grapes for the 2020 Barista Black were sourced from the best vineyards in the Western Cape. The wine was fermented in a combination of stainless steel & concrete tanks with two gentle pump overs a day. It was then matured in oak for 16 months with 20% of the wine aged in first-fill French barriques.

Tasting notes: Plums, red currants and baking spice intermingle beautifully on the nose. The palate has a juicy fruit core with velvety tannins and oak complexity. The finish is long, smooth and pleasantly dry.

Available in grocers and fine wine retailers.

Approximate Retail Price: R150

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