The first red wine Frans Malan, founder of Simonsig Wine Estate, released in 1970 was a Pinotage. In the early seventies he was a pioneer in using new small French oak barriques for his Pinotage. Today, the Redhill Pinotage is made from a vineyard grown on the famous red hills of Simonsig Estate. The red soil originates from decomposed shale and is regarded to be the best soil for growing premium red wine. This is due to the excellent moisture retention capacity and good drainage.
Wine Description: There is an exotic mix of wild berries of the forest and plums with clove spice. Bold flavours of freshly cut strawberries and blackcurrant flow over the palate with silky tannins. A full bodied Pinotage with great intensity and a lingering dry finish. It shows lots of power, but has an elegance to it that will benefit from further time in the bottle. Wood Maturation: 15 months oaking. 100% new French Oak Cellaring Potential: Wine will age a further 10 years after vintage. Serving Suggestions: Pairs well with Cape Malay Bobotie, venison stew, oven roasted rack of lamb, stuffed aubergines or grilled mushroom sosaties.
Style:Full bodied, wood matured Pinotage from a specific vineyard site. Grape varieties: 100% Pinotage