Simonsig Tiara 2001

Veritas 2004 - Gold
Deep black cherry colour. The nose shows ripe blackcurrant and cassis aromas with subtle toasty wood vanilla and cinnamon influence. Delicate crushed berry fruit on the palate well balanced by the classic mature tannin structure. The overall impression is elegant with lots of hidden flavour that will emerge with further maturation.

Fillet of beef, robust beef dishes.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc ]
winemaker : Johan Malan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.1 % vol  rs : 3.0 g/l  pH : 3.42  ta : 4.9 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
2000: Michelangelo 2003 - Gold, Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2006 USA 90 points
2001: Veritas 2004 - Gold
2002: Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2004 - Silver
2004: Veritas - Double Gold, Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2005 - Silver, International Wine and Spirit Competition - Silver, Monde Selection 2006 - Silver Medal, Decanter Awards 2006 - Silver, International Wine Challenge 2006 - Bronze
2003: Veritas 2005 - Silver Medal
2004: Veritas 2006 - Silver Medal
2005: Winner - Wine of the Month Club, 2007: Bordeaux Blend, Calyon Trophy 2007 Bordeaux Blend Challenge - Gold Medal: 1st Runner-up

ageing : The Tiara has the body and structure to improve with cellaring up to 2009, but should last much longer. Due to the elegance and great fruit intensity it is also delicious to drink now.

in the vineyard : This is the flagship red wine of Simonsig and reflects the best quality the vintage has delivered. The first Tiara was made in 1990 and upon release in 1992 it was an instant hit being chosen by the Wine of the Month Club as Wine of the year. The 1997 was the first vintage that had Petit Verdot included in the blend.

The cool conditions and especially the cool nights brought about by the cooling effect of the sea breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, was responsible for many of the older vineyards to show virus symptoms earlier and more visibly. The leaves are affected causing ripening to slow down. The younger vineyards are unaffected by this phenomenon and the vines had no problem getting the grapes to optimum ripeness. This did however prove that in some vintages the younger vines make better wines. The Cabernet Sauvignon showed slow ripening in the very late summer under moderate climate conditions. Picking was on average 2 weeks later than 2000 which allowed longer hanging time and subsequent better phenolic ripeness. The young wines have beautiful colour and they have an exciting potential. It was an excellent vintage for Merlot with inky black colour and loads of juicy black berry fruit.

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