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Smiley Red V3

Silwervis, Smiley Red V3 NV

R165

2 in stock

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We give to you: Ryan Mostert. Self-professed wine geek. Jamet Junkie. Arguably one of the most passionate vignerons brought forth from Southern African soils.

Whilst staying true to his philosophy of innovation and experimentation in the cellar, and utter dedication in the vineyard, this year’s Smiley Chenin Blanc V4.0 NV, Smiley Red V3.0 NV as well as the Silwervis Chenin Blanc 2016 and Silwervis Cinsault 2016 have taken an elegant turn. The wines are more precise and focused, whilst retaining their fantastical and idiosyncratic nature.

The Smiley is a second label of the Silwervis and refers to the African slang word for the leftover meat on a sheep's head, which is a local delicacy.

As ever, the Smileys are excellent value for money. The new version 3.0 Smiley Red NV, blend of Cinsault, Mouvedre, Tinta Barocca and Syrah is the biggest red version we’ve tasted thus far – with a dark intensity and powerful tannin structure which we loved.

Tasting notes:
'The NV Smiley Red V3 is a blend of Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Tinta Barocca and Syrah across the 2016, 2017 and 2018 vintages, matured in used oak. It has a clean, well-defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, pressed rose petals and a light marine influence (perhaps just a hint of Japanese nori). The palate is very well balanced, featuring succulent ripe red berry fruit laced with brown spices, sage and a hint of espresso and bay leaf. It feels quite backward at the moment and I would be inclined to give it 12 to 18 months in bottle. Excellent.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 91+/100

'From four different vintages: 40% 2016 Cinsault, 40% 2017 Mourvèdre, 15% 2015 Tinta Barocca and 5% 2018 Syrah. A wild and exotic nose of black fruit, earth, spice, olive and scrub. The palate is extraordinarily dense and flavour packed – sweet and juicy on entry before grippy tannins kick in making for a savoury finish. Alcohol: 13.1%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 92/100

'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 2025. 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.' – Winemaker

Blend:
50% Cinsault, 35% Mouvedre, 11% Tinta Barocca and 4% Syrah

Winemaker's comments:
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 various terroirs.

We give to you: Ryan Mostert. Self-professed wine geek. Jamet Junkie. Arguably one of the most passionate vignerons brought forth from Southern African soils.

Whilst staying true to his philosophy of innovation and experimentation in the cellar, and utter dedication in the vineyard, this year’s Smiley Chenin Blanc V4.0 NV, Smiley Red V3.0 NV as well as the Silwervis Chenin Blanc 2016 and Silwervis Cinsault 2016 have taken an elegant turn. The wines are more precise and focused, whilst retaining their fantastical and idiosyncratic nature.

The Smiley is a second label of the Silwervis and refers to the African slang word for the leftover meat on a sheep's head, which is a local delicacy.

As ever, the Smileys are excellent value for money. The new version 3.0 Smiley Red NV, blend of Cinsault, Mouvedre, Tinta Barocca and Syrah is the biggest red version we’ve tasted thus far – with a dark intensity and powerful tannin structure which we loved.

Tasting notes:
'The NV Smiley Red V3 is a blend of Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Tinta Barocca and Syrah across the 2016, 2017 and 2018 vintages, matured in used oak. It has a clean, well-defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, pressed rose petals and a light marine influence (perhaps just a hint of Japanese nori). The palate is very well balanced, featuring succulent ripe red berry fruit laced with brown spices, sage and a hint of espresso and bay leaf. It feels quite backward at the moment and I would be inclined to give it 12 to 18 months in bottle. Excellent.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 91+/100

'From four different vintages: 40% 2016 Cinsault, 40% 2017 Mourvèdre, 15% 2015 Tinta Barocca and 5% 2018 Syrah. A wild and exotic nose of black fruit, earth, spice, olive and scrub. The palate is extraordinarily dense and flavour packed – sweet and juicy on entry before grippy tannins kick in making for a savoury finish. Alcohol: 13.1%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 92/100

'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 2025. 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.' – Winemaker

Blend:
50% Cinsault, 35% Mouvedre, 11% Tinta Barocca and 4% Syrah

Winemaker's comments:
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 various terroirs.

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CE 92

Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

Red

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