The 2017 vintage was a challenging one that led to a smaller, but very promising harvest for the Stellenbosch region. The Cape’s drought conditions, and dry, warm weather, produced grapes with small berries, great fruit intensity, and big concentration. The Pinotage grapes delivered good concentration of color and fruit. Our best Pinotage is grown on weathered shale soils which make for a very perfumed wine. This Pinotage is very lightly-wooded to ensure the perfumed fruitiness remains the focus of this wine. This varietal has good aging potential. Even though it can last much longer, you will optimally enjoy this wine four to eight years from vintage date.
The first red wine released by Simonsig in 1970 was a Pinotage - a “viticultural cross” of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, created in 1924 at Stellenbosch University. The aim of this Pinotage is to accentuate the ripe plum and raspberry fruitiness of the Pinotage grape.
Enjoy with hearty pasta dishes, sundried tomato stew and game dishes.
Producer: Simonsig Estate
Country: South Africa
Wine Composition: 100% Pinotage
Alcohol: 14.51 %
Residual Sugar: 2.4 G/L
Acidity: 5.0 G/L
2012: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #215, Oct. 2014
2009 - 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast May 2013
2007: Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2010
2007: Wine Spectator, June 2010
2005: Wine Enthusiast, Mar. 2010
2004: Wine Spectator, Sept. 2008
2003: Wine Spectator, Mar. 2007