In the earliest possible era of commercial Pinotage, Stellenbosch wine pioneer Frans Malan released his fist Simonsig Pinotage in 1970. He always wanted it to be an Unwooded wine which accentuated the wonderful red berries fruitiness which Pinotage had inherited from its parent grape, the Pinot Noir. The weathered shale soils on which the Pinotage is planted on the Estate makes an attractive aromatic wine.
The grapes for the Simonsig Pinotage 2012 came from a winter and harvest that will be remembered for being a particularly low rainfall time. Temperatures in the summer were cooler than normal which allowed for a longer hang time to ripening for the grapes. Thus more colour and more flavour. The grapes were picked as the block reached ideal flavour and tannin ripeness. The tannin ripeness important in a young Unwooded wine like this one. It is good to go for at least 8 years from vintage.
It looks like: ‘Deep Persian carpet red’, say the estate notes. At the edge of the glass the wine show ruby purple, an indication of its youth.
It smells like: Sweet red berries ad cinnamon spice.
It tastes like: Again the red berries. Soft tannins. Sappy with fruit cake spices on the long aftertaste.
It’s good with: Excellent as an aperitif on a cold winter’s evening, or with a stick of biltong and a sharp pen knife while a watching the rugby. My choice would be a casserole with some hearty flavours like Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Beef Shin, Tomato & Olive Stew with Naartjie Gremolata. Click here for the recipe.
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