the nose was the first thing i noticed on this south african beauty. leather, black cherry, tobacco, tar. huge aromas and the wine had not even opened up yet. smooth, medium tannins and a full mouth feel. tastes of black currant, long lingering finish with some nut or meat like undertones. very nice wine. i had read a few things about pinotage not being a very good grape, but this sure didn't come across as a bad wine. quite the opposite. and for the price of about $17, this is worth buying a few and laying them down for a while. i have had this bottle for about a year and it is very nice. and it gets better as it opens up.