The world’s first White Pinotage, with the first vintage made in 2007. Mellasat Vineyards are located just outside Paarl and was created by the Richardson family in 1996 from the original farm Dekkersvlei which was established in 1693. The vineyard enjoys a spectacular position under the dramatic Klein Drakenstein mountains together with panoramic views of the Paarl and its famous granite domes.
Mellasat Vineyards sees themselves as a bit different, which is why you’ll find a white Pinotage amongst their range of award winning wines. They also boast a Cemetery of Forgotten Wines in their underground cellar - an interesting and bizarre collection of museum wines that the consumer can interact with.
The White Pinotage is a very interesting wine, made from red grapes! The paradox of this wine is that the eye belies the other senses! Whole bunch pressing prevented the juice from obtaining colour from the skins. Barrel fermented and matured for eleven months with lees stirring gives this wine a slightly creamy, nutty character to balance the tropical pineapple fruit and banana flavours.