Simonsig: Cultivar Selection Pinotage 2014

This youthful wine with its vibrant prune colour showcases an array of sweet red berry fruit. Layers of strawberry and cherry are coated with a touch of cinnamon spice. The palate portrays soft tannins resulting in a juicy and delectable finish.

$20.50

Year: 2014

Style of Wine
Unwooded soft and fruity

Heritage
The first red wine released by Simonsig in 1970 was a Pinotage, 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 2013/2014 growing season will be remembered as one of the wettest seasons. Unfortunately it brought fungal disease to some of the late varietals. The weather conditions for the first part of harvest was favourable, which means the Pinotage 2014 that was picked in February arrived at the cellar in pristine condition. Although the 2014 harvest has its unique challenges, it delivered wines with great quality.

Wine Description
This youthful wine with its vibrant prune colour showcases an array of sweet red berry fruit. Layers of strawberry and cherry are coated with a touch of cinnamon spice. The palate portrays soft tannins resulting in a juicy and delectable finish.

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

Serving Suggestions
Enjoy with hearty pastas and sundried tomato stew. Alternatively, South African dishes that would benefit from this wine include game dishes such as ostrich steak & springbok casseroles and of course a traditional South African Braai.

AWARDS
2011: 2014 Best Value Awards: 3 stars
USA Wine Enthusiast March 2014 Issue: 86 points
2010: USA Wine Enthusiast March 2014 Issue: 86 points
2008: Wine Enthusiast Rating – December 2011 issue – 85 points
2006: (Woolworths) 2009 Veritas: Silver Medal
2005: 2009 Platter’s Guide: 3 stars
2003: Veritas 2006: Silver Medal
2006 International Wine Challenge: Seal of Approval
International Wine and Spirit Competition 2006: Bronze
2002: USA Wine Spectators 2004: 87 points
2001: Wine of the Month Club Winner 2005