The fourth release of the Smiley Red is a blend of Cinsault, Tinta Barocca, Syrah and Mourvedre from four different vintages spanning 2016-2019. The grapes are sourced from parcels grown on various different Swartland terroirs: predominantly the granite terroirs of the Paardeberg along with the Malmesbury clays and Kasteelberg schists.
All grapes were naturally fermented using the old technique of whole cluster with minimal extraction. The separate wines are tasted and then blended with the aim to bottle a wine that re flects the rustic purity of the Swartland with bright, fresh red fruit balanced with savoury, earthy qualities of the grape’s various terroirs. A total of 11 different batches of wine were blended to make up the Smiley Red V4.
The nose presents with a variety of high tone berry fruits of raspberry coulis, redcurrant and blackberry balanced with spicy notes of smoked paprika, clove, star anise and white pepper. Mouvedre brings the earthy qualities of iron and wet gravel to the forefront which adds depth and complexity to the nose.
The palate is rounded and firm yet delicate and fresh with the Cinsault adding the lift and lightness. 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 2026. 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.