2009 Simonsig Family Vineyards Pinotage CWG Pick of the Bunch Stellenbosch
Producer: Simonsig Family Vineyards Style: Red Wine Grape Type:Pinot Noir Origin: South Africa Region:South Africa
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , September 2011
(15.4% alcohol): Bright red-ruby. Plum, chocolate and mocha on the nose. Generous, sweet and open-knit, with moderately complex plum and spicy oak flavors dominating. Very rich and ripe but holds its shape nicely. The broad finish offers fine-grained tannins and echoing oak spices. Winemaker: Johan Malan.
South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting... Read More »
Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and... Read More »
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