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The Pinotage grape variety is used to make this strong Pinotage from the Coastal Region. The grapes arrive at the winery immediately after being harvested, where they will be carefully separated and sorted. Fermentation is then carried out at controlled temperatures in a stainless steel tank and little wood. Following vinification, the wine is aged for a few months on fine yeast before being bottled.
The Simonsig Pinotage has a thick, crimson color, and the nose is filled with blackcurrants, mulberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Notes of cocoa bean, cinnamon, and oriental spices are also noticeable. This strong red wine is dry and solid on the palate. The balanced fruit acid gives the Pinotage a silky palate while also allowing it to retain its liveliness. The finish is complemented by mineral aromas from clay and sandstone soils.
It pairs well with bratwurst dumplings, goose breast with ginger red cabbage and marjoram, or fish in a potato pan. You can also serve with sundried tomato stew, and hearty pastas. Alternatively, South African meals like ostrich steak, springbok or kudu carpaccio, and, of course, a traditional South African braai, would benefit from this wine.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.