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Simonsig The Garland 2009

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Johan Malan
Main Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol
15.0 %vol
pH
3.5
RS
2.5 g/l
TA
5.9 g/l
VA
0.51 g/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Style
Dry
Body
Full
Taste
Fruity

Accolades

2016 Wine Label Design Awards - Gold Award

Tasting Notes

Dark brick red colour with pitch black centre. Youthful rim with no sign of aging. Brooding ripe blackcurrant fruit with perfumed high notes of black cherries and a hint of truffles and lead pencil. A complex potpourri of layered flavours. A wine that opens in the glass showing its potential to develop with careful cellaring. Beautiful silky entry on the palate with opulent black cherry fruit and exotic savoury spices. Superbly structured Cabernet beginning to develop complex characters of briar, violets and cigar box. Great expression of Simonsberg Cabernet fruit from the superb 2009 vintage.

Ageing Potential

A Cabernet with elegance and finesse which can be enjoyed now, after seven years or matured further until 2018 -2022.

Blend Information

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

In The Vineyard

After an exceptionally wet winter the soils were well saturated and throughout the growing season the quintessential Mediterranean climate prevailed. However, it was the idyllic cooler conditions, which lasted from spring until February which ensured a slower ripening of the early varietals. That year the first meaningful rainfall only made its appearance at the end of the harvest, whicha llowed the longest possible hang-time for the late varieties to reach maturity and refined flavour spectrum. The Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the varieties that benefited from the longer optimal ripening and shows finesse with soft, smooth tannins and voluptuous ripe flavours. Well-rounded wines with good colour and outstanding fruit intensity are expected across Simonsig's entire red wien portfolio this year.

Style of Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon from a single site.


About The Harvest

The Garland was picked on 16 March 2009 at 24.7° Balling.

In The Cellar

The yield was limited by green harvesting to one bunch per shoot. The grapes were hand picked and destemmed before a cold soak was allowed for two days to enhance the berry fruit aromas. The fermentation was started by inoculation with a Bordeaux yeast to give a slow, even fermentation which peaked at 28°Celsius. Pumpovers were done together with aerations to extract the maximum colour and fruit and after fermentation the maceration lasted a total of 11 days. After pressing the wine was racked into a selection of the best tight grain new French oak for a total of 22 months. During the maturation the wine was racked and aerated every few months to soften the tannins and help with the integration of the fruit, tannin and oak.

Other Vintages

Simonsig The Garland 2009 Johan Malan Cabernet Sauvignon
Simonsig The Garland 2008 Johan Malan Cabernet Sauvignon

Additional Information
Heritage
The name of the Estate was derived from the beautiful view we have of the spectacular Simonsberg, a mountain that dominates the landscape on the northern side of Stellenbosch. The slopes of Simonsberg is famous for its superb terroir and ideal soils to grow world class Cabernet Sauvignon on the deep red hued weathered granite soils.

The vineyard is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean from the Table Bay and False Bay sides of the coast.The cool maritime site is at 400 meters altitude. Our family has a connection with these vineyards going back many generations and The Garland is a wine that expresses this close relationship with the mountain, the vineyard and our family.

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