Simonsig Pinotage 2011

Simonsig Pinotage 2011

This dark Persian red displays vibrant notes of plum, raspberry and mulberry. Rich Pinotage flavours are complemented with well-integrated tannins, resulting in a soft and supple finish of pure untouched fruit.

Enjoy with savoury Indian or Cuban cuisine. Alternatively, South African dishes that wouldbenefit from this wine include game dishes such as ostrich steak, springbok or kudu casserolesand of course a traditional South African Braai.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winemaker : Johan Malan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.47 % vol  rs : 2.68 g/l  pH : 3.64  ta : 5.2 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Soft  taste : Fruity  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

AWARDS


2011
2014 Best Value Awards: 3½ sta
2009
2012 Wine Enthusiast Rating - 8
2008
2011 December Wine Enthusiast Rating – 85 points
2006
2009 Veritas (Woolworths) - Silver Medal
International Wine Challenge - Seal of Approval
2005
2009 Platter's Guide - 3 stars
2003
2006 Veritas: Silver Medal
2006 Internationla Wine Challenge: Seal of Approval
2006 International Wine & Spirit competition: Bronze Medal
2002
2004 USA Wine Spectator: 87 Points
2001
2005: Wine of the Month Club Winner
1998
International Wine Competition, Switzerland: Silver
Wine Spactator: 89 Points
1999
2002 Intervin International Awards: Gold Medal
1997
SAA Winelist Business Class
1995
1999 Veritas Wine Awards: Double Gold Award

ageing : Enjoy this wine four to eight years from vintage date. As this varietal has a good ageing potential, this wine can last must longer and will reward your patience richly.

in the vineyard : Background
The first red wine Frans Malan, founder of Simonsig Estate, released in 1970 was a Pinotage, a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut first developed by Professor A.I. Perold in 1925. The aim of this unwooded Pinotage is to accentuate the raspberry fruitiness of the Pinotage grape. Our best Pinotage is grown on weathered shale soils which makes deliciously perfumed Pinotage.

Vintage Description
The 2011 harvest will go down in history as windy, dry and hotter than normal year. At Simonsig Estate the vintage was 33% more than last year, but should be kept in mind that 2010 was smaller by 20%. The Pinotage took its time to reach maturity as the skins remained tough and showed harsh green tannins. Picking was delayed and although nervous tension was building our patience was rewarded. The intensity of fruit is outstanding.

about the harvest: The 2011 harvest will go down in history as windy, dry and hotter than normal year. Picking was delayed and although nervous tension was building our patience was rewarded.

in the cellar : At Simonsig Estate the vintage was 33% more than last year, but should be kept in mind that 2010 was smaller by 20%. The Pinotage took its time to reach maturity as the skins remained tough and showed harsh green tannins. Picking was delayed and although nervous tension was building our patience was rewarded. The intensity of fruit is outstanding.

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