Simonsig Tiara 2007

Wine Description
Dark Persian carpet red colour. Exploding vibrant fruit flavours of blackcurrants, cassis and
violets and a touch of pencil shavings captures the intensity of the Tiara. Sweet vanilla and
dark chocolate aromas reveal the spicy French oak contribution. Each individual cultivar adds
to complexity creating a harmonious blend of pure enjoyment. The elegance and finesse of
the Merlot uplifts the cedar, cigar box undertone of the Cabernet Sauvignon while the Petit
Verdot adds colour and tightens the tannins. The perfumed fruit are enhanced by the gentle
fragrance of the Cabernet franc. The Tiara 2007 expresses the perfect marriage of the four
varieties into a harmonious blend with serious concentration, and great potential to age.

Serving SuggestionsFillet of beef, robust beef dishes.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon | 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
winemaker : Johan Malan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.47 % vol  rs : 3.1 g/l  pH : 3.69  ta : 5.3 g/l  
type : Red  
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
2005 Winner: Wine of the Month Club 2007: Bordeaux Blend
        Calyon Trophy 2007 Bordeaux Blend Challenge: Gold Medal: 1st Runner-up
        Veritas 2007: Silver Medal
        2008 Platter’s Guide: 4.5 stars
2004 Veritas 2006: Silver Medal
2003 Veritas 2005: Silver Medal
        Veritas 2007: Bronze Medal
        International Wine and Spirit Competition 2006: Silver
2002 Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2004: Silver
        2004 Veritas: Double Gold
        Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2005: Silver
        International Wine and Spirit Competition 2005: Silver
        International Wine and Spirit Competition 2006: Silver
        Monde Selection 2006: Silver Medal
about the harvest: Very cool conditions in the early part of the season were ideal for flavour formation. These
conditions lasted up to mid January when temperatures rose significantly and caused ripening
to increase rapidly. A welcome shower in early February refreshed the vines and normalised
the weather pattern. The nights were cool and south westerly breezes moderated temperatures
during the day. The very cool night temperatures caused sugars to rise very slowly and the
older vineyards showed more noticeable virus symptoms. Thorough selection in the vineyards
was necessary to only bring in perfectly healthy grapes. The slow increase in sugar levels were
ideal for optimal phenolic ripeness as hanging time was stretched to the limit. Outstanding
blending components were created by the perfectly ripened Merlot and younger Cabernet
Sauvignon vineyards.

in the cellar : Wood Maturation
17 Months oaking. 95% French Oak, 5% American White Oak, New wood 67%, 2nd fill
36%, 3rd fill 3%.

Cellaring Potential
The Tiara has the body and structure to improve with cellaring up to 2017, but should last
much longer. Due to the elegance and great fruit intensity it is also delicious to drink now.

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