+27 21 448 4105
Back to previous page
Smiley Chenin Blanc V5

Silwervis, Smiley Chenin Blanc V5 NV

S/O

0 in stock

Notes

'Smiley' is a word used in South Africa to describe the head of a sheep, which is a delicacy to eat here as the meat is tender, rich and juicy. They chose the name Smiley for the wine as the sheep’s head is an 'off-cut' of the animal, for example it is not the prime cut or the an expensive cut of meat like lamb chops or a leg of lamb but it is however delicious!

The word 'off cut' means it is usually discarded or thrown away and is of no use. They thought this was a funny name for a wine because they blend different barrels, tanks and experimental wine such as skin contact, Maderized wine and flor-yeast wine to make the Smiley Chenin Blanc so it is all these small 'off-cuts' of wine blended together.

The label was drawn by South African artist Conrad Botes and shows the sheep’s head in bright, pop art colours. Because the wine is a Non Vintage and a blend of several years we change the colour with every bottling so people know the different bottles, for which you can find the version number on the back label.

Tasting notes:
'The Smiley white contains components going back to 2015, but is built around a core of the 2018 vintage. All from the granite soils of the Paardeberg, it's a complex and highly unusual Chenin Blanc, with salty, yeasty notes from the development of flor, some skin-contact tannins and a bready, balanced finish. 2019-23.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report, 92/100

'Smiley' is a word used in South Africa to describe the head of a sheep, which is a delicacy to eat here as the meat is tender, rich and juicy. They chose the name Smiley for the wine as the sheep’s head is an 'off-cut' of the animal, for example it is not the prime cut or the an expensive cut of meat like lamb chops or a leg of lamb but it is however delicious!

The word 'off cut' means it is usually discarded or thrown away and is of no use. They thought this was a funny name for a wine because they blend different barrels, tanks and experimental wine such as skin contact, Maderized wine and flor-yeast wine to make the Smiley Chenin Blanc so it is all these small 'off-cuts' of wine blended together.

The label was drawn by South African artist Conrad Botes and shows the sheep’s head in bright, pop art colours. Because the wine is a Non Vintage and a blend of several years we change the colour with every bottling so people know the different bottles, for which you can find the version number on the back label.

Tasting notes:
'The Smiley white contains components going back to 2015, but is built around a core of the 2018 vintage. All from the granite soils of the Paardeberg, it's a complex and highly unusual Chenin Blanc, with salty, yeasty notes from the development of flor, some skin-contact tannins and a bready, balanced finish. 2019-23.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report, 92/100

+ Read More
- Read Less

TA 92

Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

White

Wine Cellar offers the greatest wine region in the world en-primeur (as futures). 2017 will be our 17th Bordeaux campaign and will be offered from April 2018 onwards for delivery in 2020.
We update our blog daily with the latest news, videos, tasting reports, recipes and more. It's also a great place to learn about fine wine.
Wine Cellar imports fine wine from Europe, offers antipodean wines, fine local wines as well as brokers your fine wine. We also focus on selling wines en-primeur (as futures) from Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône.
We offer tastings in Johannesburg and Cape Town; from comparative tastings for private and corporate groups to tastings of our latest imports for the public. We also offer luxury dinners paired with rare wines.
Professional cellaring of single bottles for private clients through to pallet loads for trade clients. Wines are stored at 14 degrees in our secure underground cellars in Observatory, Cape Town.
Become a Wine Cellar newsletter subscriber and be the first to hear about our latest deals and discoveries. Newsletters are sent weekly/fortnightly.

Advanced Region Filter

All prices include VAT.