Crush, 100 South African Wines to drink now #24, Simonsig The Grapesmith Mediterraneo 2017

Simonsig The Grapesmith Mediterraneo 2017

Real pioneers are the Malans of Simonsig. From the first estate bottled Chenin Blanc and Pinotage to the Methode Cap Classique, known as Kaapse Vonkel. And now, a pet project of Johan Malan’s, The Grape Smith. Two wines. Die Kluisenaar and this one the Simonsig The Grapesmith Mediterraneo 2017.

Roussanne, the russety one, ripening on the vine

A blend that is greater than the sum of its parts. Made up of Roussanne 70%,  Marsanne 14%, Grenache Blanc 7%, Clairette Blanche 7%, and Verdelho 2%. Johan looked for what he calls “finding the sweet spot in the ratio between Roussanne and Marsanne, after which the crisp and zesty Grenache blanc was added to contribute elements of citrusy verbena and wet river stone minerals. Clairette blanche further contributes delicacy and elegance. The 2% Verdelho might look insignificant, but any more and it would dominate the other components.”

Simonsig Johan Malan, Owner & Production Director at Simonsig Wine Estate

Pour
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork and covered with yellow wax. The bottle is engraved with the Southern Cross and has a simple elegant label. In the glass, it is a pale straw with lime green flashes. The aromas are of sweet tropical limes and lemony spices. There is a wonderful line of acidity which runs through form entry to the long and gently waning aftertaste. The palate is generous in its fruit and supported by oak and it’s concomitant spices. Nice weighty glass of wine.

Pair
The Simonsig The Grapesmith Mediterraneo 2017, for me is a food wine and its lusty flavours will do justice to any number of fish, chicken or duck dishes. It will also fit in at the end of a meal with my Baked Pears, Blue Cheese and Walnuts. Click HERE for the recipe.

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