Having recently tried the Lammershoek Pinotage, and having really enjoyed it, I decided to try the most recent Pinotage arrival in Alko. It must be some sort of an attempt at a prestige wine since it costs nearly 30€ here. KWV Pinotage "The Mentors" 2011. I guess some might say it is a very positive thing that this doesn't smell strongly of the stereotypical aromas associated (probably wrongly) with the grape. This smells over-ripe and jammy and reminds me more of another stereotype - that of Barossa Shiraz! With a couple hours of air, some slight hints of the grape begin to appear: there is that mustard/cumin edge. But it is a tiny nuance and the overpowering sensation is still the ripeness and new oak. Rich, sweet, ripe - but at least it has something reminiscent of structure so it's not just boring fruit. It's boring for other reasons. Perhaps more age will make it more interesting.
I'll still stick to Lammershoek for Pinotage. They don't seem to want to force the grape to become something big and powerful and that suits my taste better.