Simelia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Simelia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Simelia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Origin: Wellington

SOLD OUT
Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Bottling Date: 11 July 2016

Release Date: February 2017

Total Production: 730 bottles

2014 Growing Season
A cold and wet winter with a higher than normal rainfall, allowed the vineyards a well deserved rest to refuel for the following season. Spring arrived on time in September with warm and sunny days but shortly thereafter some more cooler weather set in which ran into October.This later rain worried many a farmer for the coming crops and for potential diseases in the vineyards. The winds also arrived later than usual which caused a certain loss of crop in the vineyards. However, due to efficient vineyard management and accurate irrigation, the remainder crop was similar to the previous year’s 4 tons per hectare and supplied us with an excellent quality grapes. The bunches were selected by hand in both the vineyards and the cellar prior to crushing. The intensity of the juice was very impressive, with the resulting wine being full bodied with bursting flavours of the warm summer.
Vineyards
SINGLE BLOCK – CABERNET SAUVIGNON SIZE 1.01 HA

PLANTED 2003

SOIL Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone

Vinification and Ageing
STYLE OF WINE
Barrel Matured Red Wine

WOOD MATURATION
New French Oak | 2nd and 3rd fill French Oak

ANALYSIS:
Alcohol 14.5 % vol, Residual Sugar 3.3 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.90 gm/l, pH 3.53 The clusters were hand-picked into 18-kg crates and then selected and sorted by hand before destem, and finally softly crushed. All grapes come exclusively from our own single vineyard block situated on our farm at 250m altitude above sea level. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for 10 days, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in French oak barrels, 10% new and 90% second, third and fourth filled barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for 30 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 6 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes
A sophisticated, full-bodied wine showing rich black currant and cassis, followed by soft tannins. The smooth palate is balanced by intense freshness and minerality combined with elegant dark fruit flavours.
Accolades
SOLD OUT before release
Simelia Syrah 2013

Simelia Syrah 2013

Simelia Syrah 2013

Origin: Wellington

IN STOCK
Syrah 100%

Bottling Date: 9 June 2014

Release Date: September 2014

Total Production: 2,820 bottles

2013 Growing Season
A classic Cape winter in 2012 followed by a mild spring and warm summer, which allowed for optimal vegetative growth with a normal flowering period. During and after the flowering period, the South Easterly winds started blowing which assisted in purifying the air from potential diseases. Fortunately the winds did not affect the flowers and a decent crop emerged. During November and December the summer sun was in full swing, providing dry weather for optimal ripening conditions. As this was our first personal harvest of these old vineyards, we were delighted to harvest a decent crop of 4 tons per vineyard with healthy ripe grapes at the beginning of February 2013. Our harvesters hand selected the best grape bunches in the vineyard and a further selection took place on the selection table at the cellar prior to crushing. The intensity of the colour of the grape juice was incomparable to most other wine regions. We consider the harvest of 2013 to be a classic harvest and certainly a very exciting one for the entire Simelia team.
Vineyards
SINGLE BLOCK – SYRAH SIZE 1,1 HA

PLANTED 1980

SOIL Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone

Vinification and Ageing
STYLE OF WINE
Barrel Matured Red Wine

WOOD MATURATION
French Oak; 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill

ANALYSIS:
Alcohol 14 % vol, Residual Sugar 2.2 gm/l, Total Acidity 6.10 gm/l, pH 3.65 The clusters were hand-picked into 18-kg crates and then selected and sorted by hand before destem, and finally softly crushed. All grapes come exclusively from our own single vineyard block situated on our farm at 250m altitude above sea level. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for one week, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in French oak barrels, 10% new and 90% second and third filled barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for about 18 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 3 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes
An intense and spicy Syrah from the beautiful mountain slopes of Wellington, historically known for its special terroir for Syrah, where cool nights and warm days prevail. With its deep ruby red colour, this full bodied Syrah displays a soft taste and dense structure, very juicy with early maturation. Cedar and wild flowers on the nose, herbs, some eucalyptus and olives on the palate. A very typical, light peppery wine, accessible and good length with fine tannins.
Accolades
3,5 *** Platter Wine Guide
Simelia Syrah 2014

Simelia Syrah 2014

Simelia Syrah 2014

Origin: Wellington

IN STOCK
Syrah 100%

Bottling Date: 11 July 2016

Release Date: February 2017

Total Production: 3,250 bottles

2014 Growing Season
A cold and wet winter with a higher than normal rainfall, allowed the vineyards a well deserved rest to refuel for the following season. Spring arrived on time in September with warm and sunny days but shortly thereafter some more cooler weather set in which ran into October.This later rain worried many a farmer for the coming crops and for potential diseases in the vineyards. The winds also arrived later than usual which caused a certain loss of crop in the vineyards. However, due to efficient vineyard management and accurate irrigation, the remainder crop was similar to the previous year’s 4 tons per hectare and supplied us with an excellent quality grapes. The bunches were selected by hand in both the vineyards and the cellar prior to crushing. The intensity of the juice was very impressive, with the resulting wine being full bodied with bursting flavours of the warm summer.
Vineyards
SINGLE BLOCK – SYRAH SIZE 1,1 HA

PLANTED 1980

SOIL Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone

Vinification and Ageing
STYLE OF WINE
Barrel Matured Red Wine

WOOD MATURATION
New French Oak | 1st and 2nd fill French Oak

ANALYSIS:
Alcohol 14.5 % vol, Residual Sugar 1.9 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.60 gm/l, pH 3.61 The clusters were hand-picked into 18-kg crates and then selected and sorted by hand before destem, and finally softly crushed. All grapes come exclusively from our own single vineyard block situated on our farm at 250m altitude above sea level. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for 10 days, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in French oak barrels, 10% new and 90% second, third and fourth filled barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for 30 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 6 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes
A full-bodied palate with a fine balance of ripe fruits and spice with a hint of oak. The tremendous aromas and polished tannins are an expression of hand selected grapes and unique terroir. The mouthfeel is rich and powerful marked by elegance and intense freshness.
Accolades
4 **** Platter Wine Guide
Simelia Syrah 2015

Simelia Syrah 2015

Simelia Syrah 2015

Origin: Wellington

IN STOCK
Syrah 100%

Bottling Date: 26 June 2018

Release Date: October 2018

Total Production: 978 bottles

2015 Growing Season
The winter of 2014 will be remembered for the start of a drought that would last for some years. Even though the rainfall in the Western Cape was significantly lower than previous years it was still perfectly adequate for our vineyards. The vineyards rested well during the colder months and interestingly started budding a bit sooner than previous seasons. Our teams suckered the vineyards to ensure all energy would go into grape formation and ripening. The meticulous vineyard management during the growing season enabled excellent health of our vines. Harvest 2015 will be remembered for the marked increase in crop yields and due to the warm summer an earlier than usual harvest at the end of January and beginning February. Our teams worked harder than ever before to harvest the high yield and to select only the best bunches. A beautiful wine was produced marked by freshness and elegance.
Vineyards
SINGLE BLOCK – SYRAH SIZE 1,1 HA

PLANTED 1980

SOIL Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone

Vinification and Ageing
STYLE OF WINE
Barrel Matured Red Wine

WOOD MATURATION
New French Oak | 1st and 2nd fill French Oak

ANALYSIS:
Alcohol 14,5 % vol, Residual Sugar 2.8 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.70 gm/l, pH 3.57 The clusters were hand-picked into 18-kg crates and then selected and sorted by hand before destem, and finally softly crushed. All grapes come exclusively from our own single vineyard block situated on our farm at 250m altitude above sea level. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for 10 days, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in French oak barrels, 20% new and 80% first and second fill barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for 30 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 6 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes
A full-bodied palate with a fine balance of ripe fruits and spice with a hint of oak. The tremendous aromas and polished tannins are an expression of hand selected grapes and unique terroir. The mouthfeel is rich and powerful marked by elegance and intense freshness.
Accolades
4 **** Platter Wine Guide
Simelia Syrah 2017

Simelia Syrah 2017

Simelia Syrah 2017

Origin: Wellington

SOLD OUT
Syrah 100%

Bottling Date: 13 June 2019

Release Date: December 2019

Total Production: 1,485 bottles

2017 Growing Season
Following a very dry season during 2016, the grape harvest in general was higher in the Cape Winelands. Interestingly the summer was hot, but since we experienced cooler nights throughout the growing season, it greatly assisted the grapes during the ingoing drought. Even though our water supply was adequate, we managed the water usage very carefully to assist the ripening process of the grapes. The dry conditions were favourable in the sense that there were no diseases present in the vineyards. The grape berries were also a bit smaller than usual which also provided amazing flavour concentration and a beautiful colour to our wines. Harvest time was a bit cooler than previous years, which then created the ideal conditions for a truly exceptional vintage. 2017 also marked the year that we harvested from our young Syrah block for the first time.
Vineyards
SINGLE BLOCK – SYRAH SIZE 1,1 HA

PLANTED 1980 + 2014

SOIL Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone

Vinification and Ageing
STYLE OF WINE
Barrel Matured Red Wine

WOOD MATURATION
New French Oak | 1st and 2nd fill French Oak

ANALYSIS:
Alcohol 14,5 % vol, Residual Sugar 2.5 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.10 gm/l, pH 3.60 The clusters were hand-picked into 18-kg crates and then selected and sorted by hand before destem, and finally softly crushed. All grapes come exclusively from our own single vineyard block situated on our farm at 250m altitude above sea level. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for 10 days, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in French oak barrels, 20% new and 80% first and second fill barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for 24 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 6 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes
A vibrant, refreshing and fruit-driven wine with a touch of spice. This full-bodied wine is barrel-matured for 24 months in French oak. The mouthfeel is rich in character with an elegant finish.
Accolades
SOLD OUT before release
Simelia Merlot 2013

Simelia Merlot 2013

Simelia Merlot 2013

Origin: Wellington

IN STOCK
Merlot 100%

Bottling Date: 9 June 2014

Release Date: September 2014

Total Production: 3,280 bottles

2013 Growing Season
A classic Cape winter in 2012 followed by a mild spring and warm summer, which allowed for optimal vegetative growth with a normal flowering period. During and after the flowering period, the South Easterly winds started blowing which assisted in purifying the air from potential diseases. Fortunately the winds did not affect the flowers and a decent crop emerged. During November and December the summer sun was in full swing, providing dry weather for optimal ripening conditions. As this was our first personal harvest of these old vineyards, we were delighted to harvest a decent crop of 4 tons per vineyard with healthy ripe grapes at the beginning of February 2013. Our harvesters hand selected the best grape bunches in the vineyard and a further selection took place on the selection table at the cellar prior to crushing. The intensity of the colour of the grape juice was incomparable to most other wine regions. We consider the harvest of 2013 to be a classic harvest and certainly a very exciting one for the entire Simelia team.
Vineyards
SINGLE BLOCK – MERLOT SIZE 1,14 HA

PLANTED 1996 (17 years old)

SOIL Decomposed Granite with traces of Table Mountain Sandstone

Vinification and Ageing
STYLE OF WINE
Barrel Matured Red Wine

WOOD MATURATION
French Oak; 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill

ANALYSIS:
Alcohol 13.5 % vol, Residual Sugar 2.6 gm/l, Total Acidity 5.40 gm/l, pH 3.72 The clusters were hand-picked into 18-kg crates and then selected and sorted by hand before destem, and finally softly crushed. All grapes come exclusively from our own single vineyard block situated on our farm at 250m altitude above sea level. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for one week, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in French oak barrels, 10% new and 90% second and third filled barrels. The wine then remained in barrels, in temperature-controlled cellars for about 18 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 3 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes
An exciting, well balanced yet elegant Merlot with deep colour, generous aromas and flavors of berries and plums. The taste on the palate is full and fruity with soft and velvety tannins. A touch of smoke and spice, very intense and long lingering finish. This smooth, already approachable, young wine will easily develop for another decade.
Accolades
3 *** Platter Wine Guide
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