Simonsig’s Redhill Pinotage, which takes its name from the red soil of the vineyard it is grown on, has a well earned reputation for its fully oaked version of the varietal that has the structure that demands some extended bottle age before drinking. The current release, the 2018 Redhill Pinotage, is loaded up with an oak derived spice component and deep, dark plum and dark cherry fruit. Aged for 15 months in 100% new French oak, even at its youthful age, it’s showing surprisingly well and the tannins are not overly assertive, but are firm enough to counter the wines core of sweet fruit as well as say that this will only get better with some extra bottle age. The palate is medium-fuller bodied with a plush textural mouth feel showcasing beautiful fruit purity with lifted acidity driving this to a lengthy, dry finish with finer tuned tannins firming up everything perfectly.
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4 ½ Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
From single bushvine parcel named for soil colour. 18 (93 pts) boldly flavoured with succulent, generous plum fruit & toasty spice after 15 months in new oak. Powerful yet well balanced, deserves to be cellared for the intended 10 years.
92 pts Wine Enthusiast Cellar ‘Selection’ March 2022
Lovely oak spice, licorice, rooibos, black currant leaf, boysenberry and blackberry preserves all form the nose of this deep, layered wine. It’s medium-plus in weight, with a texture like crushed velvet, thanks to plush yet structuring tannins and ample black-fruit flavors. It’s well-balanced and hard to resist, though it should mature well through 2029.
The 2018 vintage was really challenging due to the prolonged drought, which some believe to be the worst in 100 years, accompanied by water restrictions. The expertise of the vineyard team and cellar were definitely put to the test by the warm and dry climatic conditions. In the vineyard and in the cellar, we adapted our practices to minimise the effect of the water shortage. The dry weather throughout the season did have its advantages. as vines were healthy, with little or no pests or diseases being recorded in most regions. The dry, warm weather it resulted in smaller berries, but with great intensity.
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.