The third release of the Smiley Red is a blend of Cinsault (50%) Mouvedre (35%) Tinta Barocca (11%) and Syrah (4%) from three different vintages spanning 2016, 2017 and 2018. The grapes are sourced from parcels grown on various different Swartland terroirs: the Malmesbury clays, Kasteelberg schists and Paardeberg
granites. The wines are fermented naturally in a combination of stainless steel tank and well seasoned wood foudres. The Syrah and Mourvedre were fermented partially de-stemmed with a medium length maceration before ageing in
seasoned oak barrel while the Cinsault and Tinta Barocca were fermented as whole clusters and aged in stainless steel to preserve the fresh and bright fruit. The separate wines are tasted and then blended with the aim to bottle a wine that reflects bright, fresh red fruit balanced with savoury, earthy qualities of the grape’s
The nose presents with a variety of high tone berry fruits of cherry, raspberry coulis, redcurrant and plum balanced with spicy notes of aniseed, clove and white pepper. Mouvedre brings the earthy qualities of iron and wet gravel to the forefront which add depth and complexity to the nose. Floral notes of hibiscus, pot purri and vanilla pod lift the aromatics bringing a slightly sweetish tone to the nose. The palate is rounded, concentrated and firm yet pithy 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 grippy with a long finish of violets, cured meat richness and strawberry fruit freshness.
Drink now until 2028. 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. We suggest decanting this wine prior to drinking or enjoy over a couple of days to see the wine open and evolve.