Renowned Stellenbosch winery Simonsig has released long-awaited 2018 vintage red wines in its Cultivar Range, a sought-after collection that showcases some of South Africa’s most outstanding terroir.
“The vineyards that produced these wines were selected and managed precisely because of their ability to express what Stellenbosch is all about,” says Michael Malan, third-generation winemaker at Simonsig who heads up red wine production. “Our aim with them has always been to create an accessible, premium quality wine and that is what the 2018 vintage has delivered.”
The wines just released are:
Mr Borio’s Shiraz 2018, a wine with fragrant notes of raspberry and blackcurrant that flows onto the palate, followed by a hint of violet and oak spice. The wine has supple tannins with a pleasant dry finish and crunchy acidity. Dishes that will pair well include mushrooms stuffed with ham or bacon; a hamburger with monkey-gland sauce; cottage or venison pie; braaied or chargrilled ribs or cutlets; and, meaty pizza.
Simonsig Pinotage 2018, which shows a dark berry perfume with subtle notes of liquorice and sweet spice. On the palate, there’s raspberry, black cherry, and strawberry compote with a backdrop of zippy acidity and soft, well-rounded tannin. It makes a good accompaniment to hearty pastas and sundried tomato stew; game dishes such as ostrich steak, springbok or kudu carpaccio; or, traditional grilled meats.
An additional release will soon see the duo joined by the Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. Follow Simonsig on social media for more details @simonsigwines
All three wines have amassed a popular following while also consistently being singled out at leading wine shows. These include Wine magazine’s Shiraz Special Report bestowing 94 points on Mr Borio’s Shiraz 2017; and, UK Master of Wine Tim Atkin awarding 90 points to the Simonsig Pinotage 2017.
The featured trio and more – including large size bottles and older vintages – are available for sale from the online store at www.simonsig.co.za. Delivery of purchases will be made as soon as current lockdown regulations permit.
The winery is located on the Kromme Rhee Road, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch.