Cape Winemakers Guild

Simonsig Pick of the Bunch Pinotage 2009

100% Pinotage The 14 year old bush vine Pinotage is organically farmed yielding a meagre 4.4 tons/hectare. Ripening was slow and picking was 10 days later than 2008 on 19 February 2009. Phenolic maturity was only achieved with sugars in the high twenties. Two days of cold soak in traditional open fermenters was followed by a short, hot fermentation peaking at 30?C. Manual punch down was done every 2 – 3 hours. During the press cycle a special cut was made when the whole berries burst open yielding exquisitely concentrated fruit. Only two new Vicard Prestige Allier, Medium Toast barrels were filled and after 15 months the wine was bottled. Tasting note: Opaque in colour with a vibrant, youthful purplish rim. Beautiful blackberry and plum fragrances dominate the nose. The high intensity fruit aromas are further complexed by subtle mocha and spicy oak flavours. Succulent sour cherry flavours are framed by mouth-filling sweet tannins. A richly flavoured classic Pinotage from an outstanding vintage. Drink from 2015 to 2029.

Winemaker: Johan Malan

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 1 500.00
  • Lowest: R 900.00
  • Average: R 1 105.00


  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750 ml
  • Cases Produced: 92
  • Cases Auctioned 60


  • Alc: 15.42 vol%
  • RS: 2.10 g/l
  • TA: 5.40 g/l
  • pH: 3.61

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