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Pinotage is South Africa's signature varietal, first bred there in 1925 as a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (Cinsaut was known as 'Hermitage' in South Africa during that time). The 2011 Redhill Pinotage is a selection of the best lots from the famous red hills of the Simonsig Estate. The red soil originates from decomposed shale and granite, and is considered to be the best soil for producing red wines because of both good drainage and moisture retention capacity. Dense, opaque red in color, Simonsig's 2011 Redhill Pinotage shows layered aromas of black fruit and sweet plum with notes of cinnamon and vanilla. The woody elements are delicately integrated with smooth tannins that linger on the fruit-filled finish. [+]