Wine: Simonsig Tiara 2011
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Winery: Simonsig Landgoed
Winemaker: Debbie Thompson
Cellarmaster: Johan Malan
Background: Simonsig is a well-established winery on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and since 1968 has been producing an extensive range of white, red and sparkling wines which over the years has won the hearts of many wine consumers. They were also the first estate in Southern Africa to produce bottle fermented sparkling wine made in the French tradition (referred in the Cape as Cap Classique) with their Kaapse Vonkel.
Last week I joined up with a few wine scribes to attend the tasting preview of Simonsig’s annual Vintage Day. We were, at leisure, able to taste back vintages of their premium range of wines including their flagship, The Tiara, of which there were no less than nine vintages for tasting starting with the 1997! Considered by Johan as one of the greatest vintages of the 90’s we were impressed at how well the wine, made from 68% Cabernet Sauvignon with 28% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, had held up. The wine was beautifully balanced with hints of mulberry fruit on the aroma with matured yet elegant, rich plumy favours and a long dryish finish. However the current vintage, the 2011, seemed to attract as much attention and not surprising as the wine lives up to its older siblings and promises to deliver for years to come. After fermentation the wine spent 16 months maturing in a combination of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill barrels prior to bottling.
Result: The 2011 is a complex blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Hues of deep crimson persuade you to whiff the aromas of violets and black cherry. The palate follows with rich intense flavours of redcurrant and spice with elegant dry tannins on the long finish.
When to drink: Now till 2022+
Drink with what: We enjoyed it with fillet of Karan beef served with roasted artichokes and asparagus with a cabernet sauvignon jus.
Expect to pay: R359.00