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Simonsig Pinotage 2012

simonsig_pinotage__65418_origDennis Sodomka, writing for the Augusta Chronicle, recommended this South African Pinotage – a grape that has been unfairly maligned in the past but which is now building a strong reputation.

He said: “That’s a good question because it is a widely misunderstood grape that can make great wine, but too often in the past made mediocre wine. The quality pendulum is swinging back now, and there are some great Pinotages available.”

Of this example he said: “It is a rich, lush, full wine with plenty of elegance and finesse and no harshness. It is a deep, inky red in the glass, with pleasant aromas of red berries and spice. On the palate, you get a lot of red cherry, plum and raspberry. The wine does not spend any time in oak barrels, so the tannins are muted. The wine is 100% Pinotage grown in the Stellenbosch region, which is blessed with weathered shale soils and cooling ocean breezes. It is ideal terroir for a difficult grape such as Pinotage.”

Price: $17 to 20

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