Simonsig Pinotage 2007

Simonsig Pinotage 2007

Soft fruity unwooded varietal wine.
Dark Persian Red. Abundance of pure sweet ripe strawberry and plum flavours. The true
and bare essence of Pinotage is captured and expressed, revealing magical berry flavours.
The silky smooth tannins binds the wine, leaving your mouth feel filled with polished
lingering succulent flavours.

Heritage
The first red wine released by Simonsig in 1970 was a Pinotage. Pinotage is a crossing of
Pinot Noir and Cinsaut made by Professor A.I. Perold in 1924. This Pinotage is unwooded
and the aim is to accentuate the raspberry fruitiness of the Pinotage grape unobscured by
the wood. Our best Pinotage is grown on weathered shale soils which makes deliciously
perfumed Pinotage.

Cellaring PotentialEnjoy this wine 4 to 8 years after vintage date. It can, however, last much longer and yourpatience will be richly rewarded.Serving SuggestionsSeared tuna, savoury Indian cuisine, Cuban cuisine, South African bobotie and braai.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winemaker : Johan Malan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.7 % vol  rs : 3.7 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 4.9 g/l  
type : Red  
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

about the harvest: Winter rainfall was average at 494mm (annual 645mm) and spring time was cool with
welcome follow up rains. After New Year temperatures soared with typical heat wave
conditions when the mercury constantly hit the mid thirties. Average January temperature
was 30°C versus the long term average of 27.7°C. Some sunburn damage was suffered
which diminished the crop sizes but not the quality. This was the year for Pinotage and
exceptional quality was delivered. All the different vineyards produced top drawer wines.

in the cellar : Grapes were handpicked at 24 to 25.7° Balling and destalked before a gentle crushing. Two
days of cold soak before inoculating with a selected South African yeast culture. A short
but very active fermentation follows in Vinimatics (Rototanks) at a maximum temperature
of 26 – 28°C. After a total of 5 days on the skins a gentle pressing yields a dark soft
structured and highly fruity wine.

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