Simonsig The SMV (Shiraz / Mourvèdre / Viognier) 2014

This Rhône blend displays a vibrant prune colour. On the nose it is an array of sweet red berries, strawberries and cherries in abundance, coated with vanilla. The palate portrays soft tannins where the subtle oak influence delivers spiciness on the finish.

Wild mushroom risotto, stews, steak goulash, lamb shank, fillet of beef with Madagascar green pepper sauce.

variety : Shiraz | 77% Shiraz, 22% Mourvèdre, 1% Viognier
winemaker : Johan Malan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.64 % vol  rs : 4.3 g/l  pH : 3.68  ta : 4.4 g/l  
type : Red  style : Off Dry  body : Soft  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

AWARDS
2012
2013 Veritas Wine Awards - Silver
2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition - Silver
2009
2013 Best Value Awards: 3 stars
2012 John Platter Wine Guide: 3 stars
2011 Wine of the Month Panel Tasting: Non Bordeaux Blend: 1st out of 20 tasted
2008
2011 Platter's Guide: 3½ stars
2010 Veritas: Double Gold Medal
2011 Wine of the Month Club Winner

ageing : Enjoy this wine three to five years after vintage date.

Background
The Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier blend was first introduced into the Simonsig range in 2009.

Style of Wine
Blended, soft fruity red.

in the vineyard : The 2013/2014 growing season will be remembered as one of the wettest seasons, which had two effects on the 2014 harvest. One it resulted in a bigger crop, especially in Sauvignon blanc and then on the downside it brought fungal disease to some varieties. It was a huge challenge for the viticulturist to keep the vineyards healthy and in pristine condition. During the last part of harvest continuous rain showers, especially in March, put a strain on the ripening of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Although the 2014 harvest had its unique challenges it delivered wines with great quality.

in the cellar : Wood Maturation: Older wood supported by wood alternatives.

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