NV Smiley Red, Silwervis, Swartland, South Africa
Smiley Red is a blend of Cinsault (40%) Mourvedre (40%) Syrah (15%) and Tinta Barocca (5%). The wines are fermented naturally in a combination of stainless steel tank and well seasoned wood foudres. The Syrah and Mourvedre were fermented then aged in seasoned oak barrels while the Cinsault and Tinta Barocca were aged in stainless steel to preserve the fresh and bright fruit.
The nose presents with a variety of high tone berry fruits of cranberry, raspberry coulis, redcurrant and blackberry balanced with spicy notes of smoked paprika, clove, star anise and white pepper. Mouvedre brings the tomato leaf and earthy qualities of iron and wet gravel to the forefront which adds depth and complexity. The palate is rounded, concentrated and firm yet delicate and fresh with the Cinsault adding the lift and freshness to the wine and the Syrah the spice and depth. Deep notes of liquorice and clove are balanced by herbaceous rosemary, thyme and oregano with a firm cranberry tartness. The tannins are fine yet grippy with a long finish of violets, cured meat richness and blueberry fruit freshness. Drink now until 2025. Best paired with cured meats, hearty pastas, red meats, game and venison or to accompany a simple meal of fine cheeses, olive and a charcuterie platter. 12.5%