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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The 2004 vintage will be remembered for its slow ripening conditions. Many weeks
had one or two days without harvesting, leading to ideal fermentation space in the
cellar. The reds benefit from this having a few extra days on the skins. The winter was
characterised by very cold spells and the most snow on the mountains in years.
Flowering was uneven in certain varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon which called for
selective bunch thinning at veraison. The cool summer produced smaller berries and
the cool nights led to very intense colour in the red wines. The longer hanging time in
the vineyard ensured phenolic maturity coinciding with sugar ripeness resulting to fruitier wines with soft tannins. The red wines of 2004 show beautiful finesse and elegance.
Deep garnet red colour. Sweet black cherry and youngberry aromas intertwined with
a hint of cigar box and spicy vanilla oak. The concentrated fruit and well balanced,
integrated oak forms a tightly knitted full bodied structure which will develop beautifully
with careful cellaring. The juicy fruit lingers on the aftertaste.
The Simonsig vineyard lies Northwest of Stellenbosch and is privately owned by the Malan family. It produces some of the finest red and white wines as well as a sparkling wine made by the Cap Classique Methode - the local Champenoise. The Stellenbosch region is recognized as the best wine producing area in South Africa and lies 45 kilometres east of Cape Town.
The first Malan...Read More About Simonsig
A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the
biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...Read More About South Africa
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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