Simonsig The GSM 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Stuffed Cabbage with Freekah Meatballs – 29.06.2017

Simonsig The GSM 2016

I remember in the 1960s, the first South African motor car was launched.  It was called the GSM Dart. A friend of my mothers managed the gift department at Garlicks in Cape Town and she cleared a part of her floor to showcase the car.  Quite something for a young petrol head to take in.

And here we have the Simonsig The GSM 2016. Normally when named a wine like the, the grape varieties in the blend would be the initials, though more usually in descending order of the percentage of the wine used. So, this one would normally be called the MGS. But that would probably be referring to a well-known British motor car.

Dainty Bess, a perfect rose

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, to quote William Shakespeare, though Gertrude Stein in an aside said ‘a rose is a rose.’

And so it is, the perfect rose, a soft fruity blended wine. Weather conditions pre-harvest were dry and produced healthy grapes and unlike other wine appellations the crop was slightly increased rather than smaller than the previous year.

An old botanical painting of Mourvedre

Harvesting took place over the three varieties at various stages in the ‘ideal ripeness’ window which created layers of red berry fruits and plums. 20% of the berries were whole bunch fermented. The oak regime followed was 40% of the wine spent 5 months in prefilled barrels. 42% was exposed to top quality wood alternatives. The wine was then prepared for bottling.

It looks like
Bottled in a Burgundy shaped bottle under screw cap. In the glass, opaque and gem bright plum at the core which pales out to garnet at the edges.

It smells like
Sappy red berries, raspberries, touches of cranberry and pomegranate. Elegant oak support.

It tastes like
Rich red fruit, ripe bloodplums, grinds of white pepper. Super soft smooth tannins interwoven with the sappy fruit, long waning after flavours.

Dianne Bibby’s Stuffed Cabbage with Freekah Meatballs

It’s good with
Chilled it makes a great glass on its own. However, it is made to food, Mediterranean foods with ripe tomatoes and herbs.  Dianne Bibby’s Stuffed Cabbage with Freekah Meatballs is the perfect midweek supper dish to go with this wine. Click here for her recipe.

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