Can you get respectable Pinot Noir for under a hundred bucks? Stellenbosch producer Simonsig used to take a consignment of Champagne clone PN5 from Paul Cluver for use in its bubblies, but this recently became superfluous to requirements and the Elgin producer has now come up with a R90-a-bottle Pinot designated “Village”.
Right now, it appears exceptionally primary with plenty of cherry fruit in evidence and just a hint of darker, more earthy notes. It’s light and fresh, not sweet but not possessing too much detail, either. All the style but a bit short on the substance you’d normally expect from these guys and my feeling is you’d be better served by trading up a little and buying the standard-label 2012 at R130 a bottle.