Simonsig Tiara 2016
The flagship red wine of Simonsig, this Bordeaux-style red blend exhibits a crimson red color. It releases aromas of spiced red cherry and violets. On the palate, it has harmonious layers of ripe red cherry, raspberry compote, and a touch of pencil shavings. The wine is finely-balanced, with the fruit carefully-supported by a well-judged use of oak. The tannins are round, with a long, dry finish.
It was a challenging, early and very dry harvest. The dry conditions led to very healthy grapes. The first Tiara was made in 1990 and, upon release in 1992, was an instant success and award-winner. The 1997 vintage was the first that had Petit Verdot included in the blend. Tiara 2016 was matured in 100% French oak for 16 months -- 92% new barrels. Delicious to drink now, it has the body and structure to improve with cellaring up to 2024 – but should last much longer. This wine is vegan and gluten-free.
This wine is best served between 60° - 64° F. Great for an elegant, French-inspired menu, or for a variety of hearty dishes like braised pork belly, or mushroom ravioli.
Producer: Simonsig Estate
Country: South Africa
Wine Composition: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Verdot
Alcohol: 13.82 %
Residual Sugar: 2.7 G/L
Acidity: 5.6 G/L
2011: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, April 2015
2010: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #209, Oct. 2013
2010: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast. July 2014
2010: 89 Pts - Wine Spectator. Apr. 2014
2000: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2006