Smiley white

This wine came to be as a strong expression of the spirit behind the revolution in South African wine. peaking in the early 2010s. Born of unfettered experimentation and creativity inspired by old traditions and some of the world’s great drinking experiences. Over the years we’ve refined and expanded our methods and built a deep reserve of characterful wines. The reserve spans multiple vintages of wines in distinct styles, a wide pallet to draw from.

It’s a wine that is really fulfilling to make, both thought provoking, complex and layered but also a direct sensory pleasure to drink. The Smiley White is a category of it’s own.

Smiley Chenin Blanc NV V1
Smiley Chenin Blanc NV V3

The nose presents with forward Chenin Blanc citrus notes of lemon pith, warm orange and stone fruits of peach and apricot. There are hints of waxy macadamia, pistachio and toasted almond nuts bringing forward the flor and Madeirised components. Mineral notes of slate, oyster shell, iodine, ocean mist and kelp are present after the wine begins to breathe finishing off with an earthy cedar and cinnamon-nutmeg spice fullness. The palate is weighty, round and full yet fresh, taut and zesty. Upfront the minerality of sea shells and Maldon salt are balanced with the liveliness of warm pineapple, lemon zest and fresh peach. The palate is rounded off with the richness of raw almonds, coconut shavings and pistachio shell. The texture is mouth-coating with chalky, pithy tannins with a persistent finish of tart, fresh lemon, orange peel and cardamom pods. Drink now until 2022. Best paired with seafood, white meat, game bird, fresh salads, sushi and tapas style meals of olives, charcuterie, pickled fish and cheeses.

Smiley Chenin Blanc NV V5

The nose presents with forward Chenin Blanc citrus notes of lemon pith with mineral notes of seashell, ocean mist, kelp, iodine and rock pool. There are hints of waxy macadamia and toasted almond nuts bringing forward the flor and Madeirised components. The palate is fresh, taut yet and zesty. Upfront the minerality of sea shells and Maldon salt are balanced with the liveliness of lemon zest and quince. The palate is rounded off with the richness of raw almonds. The texture is mouth-coating with a finish of tart, fresh lemon, orange peel and cardamom pods. Drink now until 2030. Best paired with seafood, white meat, game bird, fresh salads, sushi and tapas style meals of olives, charcuterie, pickled fish and strong, hard cheeses. Decanting is suggested prior to enjoying, or open the bottle and watch the wine evolve over 3-4 days.

Smiley Chenin Blanc NV V2

The nose presents with forward Chenin Blanc citrus notes of lemon pith, warm orange and stone fruits of peach and apricot. There are hints of waxy macadamia, pistachio and toasted almond nuts bringing forward the flor and Madeirised components. Mineral notes of slate, oyster shell, iodine, ocean mist and kelp are present after the wine begins to breathe finishing off with an earthy cedar and cinnamon-nutmeg spice fullness. The palate is weighty, round and full yet fresh, taut and zesty. Upfront the minerality of sea shells and Maldon salt are balanced with the liveliness of warm pineapple, lemon zest and fresh peach. The palate is rounded off with the richness of raw almonds, coconut shavings and pistachio shell. The texture is mouth-coating with chalky, pithy tannins with a persistent finish of tart, fresh lemon, orange peel and cardamom pods. Drink now until 2020. Best paired with seafood, white meat, game bird, fresh salads, sushi and tapas style meals of olives, charcuterie, pickled fish and cheeses.

Smiley Chenin Blanc NV V4

The nose presents with forward Chenin Blanc citrus notes of lemon peel, mandarin and stone fruits of peach and apricot. Herbal and floral notes of green tea and chamomile flowers are followed with hints of waxy macadamia, pistachio and almond bringing forward the flor and Madeirised components. Mineral notes of seaweed, oyster shell, iodine, ocean mist and kelp are present after the wine begins to breathe finishing off with
a honey, pear drop and cinnamon-ginger spice fullness. The palate is weighty, round and full yet fresh, taut and zesty. Upfront the minerality of sea shells and Maldon salt are balanced with the liveliness of fresh citrus notes. The palate is rounded off with the richness of raw almonds, coconut shavings and pistachio shell. The texture is mouth-coating with a persistent finish of tart, fresh lemon, orange peel and cardamom pods. Drink now until 2028. Best paired as an apertif with olives, charcuterie and tapas style foods, seafood, white meat, fresh salads, sushi and will compliment the end of a meal paired with hard cheeses. We suggest decanting this wine prior to drinking.