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4 Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Pinotage (70%), cab & merlot named for Malan patriarch, estate founder. Plush dark coils around supple tannin spine, 16 (89 pts) glossy, & built to age but approachable in youth, too.
It was a challenging, early and very dry harvest. Water supplies had a great impact on the 2016 harvest, especially where vineyards were not buffered against the heat. However, the dry conditions led to very healthy grapes. Most other regions, especially the Swartland, produced significant smaller crops, but at Simonsig Estate we produced 2% more than 2015. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Merlot grapes delivered good concentration of colour and fruit.
The wine displays a ruby red colour. An evolving bouquet of luscious fruit paints the entrance. Layers of red cherries and ripe dark plums transforms to the spicy notes of cherry tobacco and liquorice. It is an elegantly balanced wine with well defined, supple tannins.
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