Simonsig Malan Family Selection Tiara 2012, good with Tracy Foulkes’s Asian Braised Beef Short Ribs

Simonsig Malan Family Selection Tiara 2012

The Malan Family of Simonsig Wine Estate, now has third generation Michael Malan, son of Cellarmaster Johan Malan, involved in the farm. Fifty years in and a tradition already established. The family has a range of Flagship wines called The Malan Family Selection and the Simonsig Malan Family Selection Tiara 2012, a superb blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 17%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Malbec 3% and Petit Verdot 1%, a dry wine in the style of the finest Bordeaux blends. Tiara first appeared in 1990 and reflects the best quality that the vineyards supply in a particular vintage. The 1997 was the first vintage that had Petit Verdot included in the blend.

Simonsig’s Owners, Francois & Johan Malan

The weather during the buildup to the harvesting was unusual in that the rain was 33% below the estates average and the lowest since 1976.  Cooler conditions led to excellent quality small grapes with more intense flavours. Harvest was late that year and the grapes were hand harvested in smaller batches to ensure best flavours and tannin ripeness.

The most expert of elevation was given to these grapes by Red Wine Maker Debbie Thompson with the wine undergoing 18 months maturation in French oak barrels of which 97% were new and the balance 2nd fill. The wine was then prepared for bottling.

Petit Verdot, minor grape in the blend which adds so much

It looks like
Bottled under natural cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottled with a small elegant descriptive Simonsig label. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum which pales out to a crimson garnet at the edges.

It smells like
Generous dark berry fruits, cedar oak and cigar box.

It tastes like
Red and black berries, cherries and mulberries. Well applied oak and its concomitant spices support the fruits, violets, roadside fennel and pencil sharpenings.  All these come together in a full and satisfying mid palate and lead into a beautifully balanced ending with cashmere clad tannins interwoven. Allow about 30 minutes after opening to allow the wine to open up, perhaps even decant it.

Tracy Foulkes’s Asian Braised Beef Short Ribs

It’s good with
Perfect as a glass on its own when a glass of excellent red it required. It is a red meat wine though handsomely accompanies lusty vegetarian dishes. Tracy Foulkes’s Asian Braised Beef Short Ribs is a bold and beautiful dish to partner with this bold and beautiful wine. Click here for her recipe.

Tracy Foulkes of NOMU Foods

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