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Barista Black 2019 – Never Blend In

Barista Black 2019 – Never Blend In

The Barista Black is like just like James Bond! More like a Sean Connery – James Bond. How so? Well… If the Authorised Biography of James Bond is to be believed, the world’s most celebrated secret agent is 100 years young. His creator may have passed on, and many of the actors who have portrayed him have died, but the idea of the man stands taller than ever.

And James has not been idle this past century. His ethos has seeped into every sphere of our luxury ideals, from the cars we aspire to drive, to the way we order our drinks. Actors and authors have come and gone, and details of his character have waxed and waned on the waves of cultural change. But through the decades, the essence and charisma of the legend have not only remained intact but have been polished to perfection.

And so it was, as Pinotage approaches a centenary of its own, that the Barista team noted the similarities to our own journey with the cultivar. It felt only appropriate that we conceive a wine and bottling regal enough to match the richness of the Pinotage legacy, while also shining a light on its potential to be the African cultivar of the next century. And Barista Black is just that: an expression of the grape which, like 007 himself, expresses luxury in the most timeless of fashions.

Built on the foundation of almost 100 years with the cultivar, the Barista team have reimagined the marriage between the purity of the Pinotage fruit, those unmistakable yet subtle coffee aromas, and the opulence of French oak, to create a wine that not only carries the richness of its past, but also the vibrance of its future.

This luxury wine provides a well-deserved moment to slow down, and savour one’s hard-earned successes amidst the otherwise fast pace of our urban lifestyle.

Barista Black is a celebration of those with the foresight to envision their future, the courage to fight for their ideals, and the providence to share the prize with those who have walked the road beside them.

Barista Black 2019 Wine Review

Barista Black bottle with a glass of wine and book

The 2019 Barista Black were sourced predominantly from grapes from a 20-year-old bush vine from the Swartland area. Fermentation took place in stainless tanks and the wines was then matured for 18 months with 20% of the wine aged in first-fill French barrique.

I’ve actually just got news that the 2020 Barista has just been launched. There is in fact a noticeable difference in the two vintages. The 2020 Barista Black vintage was sourced from the best vineyards throughout the Western Cape and not just one specific region. Also the 2020 was fermented in a combination of stainless steel & concrete tanks with two gentle pump overs a day. It was then matured in oak  for 16 months with 20% of the wine aged in first-fill French barriques.


It has a gorgeous deep ruby colour with a purple undertone.


The nose you get chocolate and coffee immediately. Gentle notes of cherry, blueberry and baking spice.


On the palate again you have those beautiful chocolate and coffee notes coming through. There is also cherry, mulberry, plums and vanilla.

This is a great pinotage for any pinotage lover. The wine is a medium bodied and completely elegant from label to colour to right down to the mouth feel. You have a super juicy core with a subtle oak, silky smooth tannis and luxury finish.

Remember if you find you pinotage a little to chewy then just stick it in the fridge for 20 minutes it really takes that edge out.

Food Pairing:

I can imagine a lovely Venison Potjie, Biltong, BBQ steak, a gorgeous cheese board with one or two of the following cheeses: Cheddar, Gouda, Emmental, Boerenkaas, Provolone, Edam and Gruyere, Camembert or smoked cheese.

Available in grocers and fine wine retailers or you can purchase online www.baristawine.co.za

Approximate Retail Price: R150

Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of My Boozy Kitchen, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated / credited, are also my own. Even though My Boozy Kitchen does more drinking than cooking I do endorse responsible drinking. Don’t drink and drive, rather stay at home and wine it’s cheaper!  Not for persons under 18 or 21 if you live in the United States!

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