Dominik Mueller

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2020 False Bay Pinotage Bush Vine

Tasting note

Transparent, dark ruby colour with thick tears forming in the glass. Dark fruits, mainly blackberry and sour cherry, slighty cooked. Floral aromas and vanilla complement the primary fruit notes. Let’s take a sip: Medium body, firm and crisp tannins. The acidity is overpowered by red fruits which are on the sweeter side. Overall, the taste is not balanced quite as well as the aromas on the nose, owing to a sharp spiciness in the back. The finish, on the other hand, is persistent. For fans of opulent rather than purely elegant wines.

Drink through 2028.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Friday, 10 November 2023.


88Wines with a DM87 to DM89 rating are very good wines, more or less above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They have no flaw whatsoever. Moreover, they have a good balance, elegant tannin structure and a well-integrated acidity. These are wines that I will happily drink up and buy for my own cellar. Then what keeps them from getting a rating in the 90s? While above average and good in practically every way, wines in the DM87 to DM89 range may still not be exceptional in a way that they make you pause and think 'What a wonderful wine this is!' In WSET terms, wines with a DM88 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 2.0 WSET score.
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2.0Wines with a 2.0 WSET rating are 'good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a solid WSET score of 2.0 usually get around 87 to 88 DM points.
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3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2020
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Pinotage
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:False Bay
Country:South Africa
Region:Coastal Region
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