89 pts Wine Enthusiast March 2022
A mentholated top note leads the nose of this wine, with initial aromas of blackberry leaf, black currant, licorice and rooibos. The medium-weight palate is plush and supple, but not overly so, with well-integrated tannins that lend just enough support to the rich, ripe black fruit flavors, closing out on a medium-length finish.
The first red wine released by Simonsig 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 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.
This wine displays a vibrant crimson red colour. A wonderful dark berry perfume with subtle notes of liquorice and sweet spice fills the glass. On the palate you pick up raspberry, black cherry and strawberry compote. A zippy acidity and soft well rounded tannins make sure that this is a very quaffable wine.