Simonsig Frans Malan 2016
The wine displays a dense opaque colour with a perfume entrance of rich plums, vanilla pod and a dash of cigar box. These three varieties unite and form a powerful trio of concentrated black berry fruit. The tannins are soft and supple and the refined dry finish captures the characteristics of this Cape Style blend, leaving lingering notes of sweet plum and cedar oak.
Wine Description: The wine displays a ruby red colour. An evolving bouquet of luscious fruit paints the entrance. Layers of red cherries and ripe dark plums transforms to the spicy notes of cherry tobacco and liquorice. It is an elegantly balanced wine with welldefined supple tannins.
Vintage Description: It was a challenging, early and very dry harvest. Water supplies had a great impact on the 2016 harvest, especially where vineyards were not buffered against the heat. However, the dry conditions led to very healthy grapes. Most other regions, especially the Swartland, produced significant smaller crops, but at Simonsig Estate we produced 2% more than 2015. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Merlot grapes delivered good concentration of colour and fruit.
Cellaring Potential: Will reach peak maturity 5 to 8 years from vintage. Due to the elegance and fruit intensity it is also delicious to drink now.
Style of Wine: Dry Red wine. Cape style blend
Grape varieties: Pinotage 70% | Cabernet Sauvignon 23% | Merlot 7%