For under $25, with 14.1% alcohol, the 2014 Simonsig Pinotage Redhill from Stellenbosch in South Africa scored 15+ Dionysian points. It has baked cherry pie, spice, and a wildflower aroma. The wine is at peak and will hold another five years. Cinsault and Pinot Noir are the parents of Pinotage and it grows well in South Africa, showing some French Rhone flavors.

The color is still garnet ending into ruby showing some years to go.

Pinotage demand to have food along side. Its one drawback is a hint of the smell you get when drinking water from a rubber hose; not offensive, just odd.

Simonsig makes many great South African wines and is one of my favorites since my visit to its vineyards . Their Syrah is second to none; look for a future review on it. Seek them out and expand your tastings of the world’s wines. In Vino Veritas.