Tormentoso Pinotage 2014
Tormentoso is a range of premium, vineyard-focused wines produced by the team at MAN Vintners.
"Cabo Tormentoso" (translated as "Stormy Cape" or "Cape of Storms") is the original name for the Cape of Good Hope given to it by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomieu Dias who first rounded the Cape in 1488.
The story goes that upon his return home, the Queen of Portugal took an immediate dislike to the name and changed it to "Cabo da Boa Esperança" – the Cape of Good Hope as we know it today.
There are multiple readings of the word Tormentoso: drama, torment, struggle. All of these seem apt when you consider where our grapes are grown.
The vines grow in a dry area with little or no irrigation, but the rocky shale soils of the Agter-Paarl region allow the roots to penetrate deeply, to get to the moisture reserves. The vines have to endure a certain amount of struggle to ripen their grapes, and it's this torment that produces our distinctive wines with concentrated flavors and aromas.
We have sought out pockets of excellence from among our growers' finest vineyards and have chosen to highlight them in the Tormentoso range. Such as the Tormentoso Old Vine Chenin Blanc, where the grapes come from a 33-year-old vineyard, or the excellent Bush Vine Pinotage vineyard that always produces a bright, clean modern expression of this grape.