The grapes for this wine come from the slopes of the Simonsberg and in the tender hands of Johan Malan, Production Director at Simonsig make this sublime wine becomes a giant. In the glass, the opaque wine has an almost Indian ink black heart which pales out to a rich ruby at the rim. The aromas are of blackcurrant and dark fruits like roadside brambles and mulberries, there is also an undertow of pencil shavings. The palate is full rich and generous, with a refreshing fruit acidity running through until the long and gently waning aftertaste. The brambles are in the forefront, with the Ribena and Crème de Cassis of the blackcurrants and Parma violets. The oak with its concomitant spice and vanilla is in perfect support of the fabulous fruit. This is a very impressive wine and will reward with cool cellaring for 15 plus years.
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The Riesling grape has been described by British Wine Commentator, Jancis Robinson, as the finest white wine grape in the world. Tim Atkin in his South African Wine Report calls this example as most consistently the best Riesling in South Africa. Tasting this wine on Saturday, was an incredible experience. A beautiful pale gold colour. The aromas are concentrated and of sweet tropical limes, green apple, and pear. The palate from entry has a delicious sappy acidity supporting the incredible fruit. A real joy to drink and a perfect food wine.
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Rally impressive packaging, which creates perceptions. Perceptions which are over filled by this fabulous wine. Pinotage Grapes from a 20 year old bush wine in the Swartland Wine Appellation, fermented in stainless steel tanks and then taken to French Oak Barrels, 20% of the wine in new barrels, the balance in previous fill. Virtually black at the heart, in a glass, paling out to a rich ruby at the edges. The aromas are of ripe plum, Cassis, red currants and the oak and its concomitant spice. The palate, from entry has a sappy raspberry acidity running though it into the long and gently waning dry aftertaste. Rich and generous, smooth and a well-rounded polished wine. You have to land a bottle as soon as you can.
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Also tasted this past weekend, this is a gem. Not oaked, as the age of the vineyards provides grapes which are packed with flavour. A brightshining pale yellow straw in the glass. Aromas are of lemony lime citrus and white fleshed peaches. The palate is sparky from entry, rich with melon, fynbos florals and has a long gently waning aftertaste. A ‘drink now’ wine, perfect for summery salads, cold fish, chicken or cheese….
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Unknown to many is that Grenache Noir is a grape which originated in Spain, though it has become one of the important grapes of the Southern Rhône Appellation. Named for a farm worker, Cornelius May, who was known for predicting the weather. The grapes were fermented in open top stainless-steel fermenters. Half of the harvest underwent spontaneous whole berry fermentation. The grapes were basket pressed and malolactic fermentation took place in 500 lire French Oak Barrels, where the wines were matured for 18 months.
The aromas are of red country lane fruits, mulberries, fraises des bois and fynbos florals. Full palate with cranberry, a grind of black pepper with a supporting undertow of the oak and its concomitant spice.
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Once harvested at dawn the three grape varieties in this wine, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, and Viognier are stored overnight in a cold room and then taken to fermentation, keeping the varieties separate. A variety of fermentation and maturation processes took place before blending. In the glass, a dark bloodplum at the heat which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are of purple flowers, cherries, redcurrants, and fennel seed. The palate consists of sappy layers of red and black cherries, roadside brambles, with supporting acidity and velvet glove tannins. An impressive glass, drink within the next two years.
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