Simonsig Frans Malan Cape Blend, Stellenbosch
£18.50

Country : South Africa

Grape Varieties : Pinotage; Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot.

A big, gutsy, full-bodied blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Rich and deeply concentrated, packed with dark fruits and spice.

Tasting Note : Deep, dark colour, with full, ripe blackcurrant fruit on the nose. Damson and black fruits dominate the palate, with hints of cinnamon and black pepper.

Food Pairing : Red meat casseroles; roast lamb; venison; duck. Veggie option? How about Moroccan vegetable tagine?

More info : Named after Frans Malan, founder of Simonsig Estate as it is today, this Cape blend was first produced on the estate in 1991. It proved a resounding success, so the Malan family have continued to produce this on a limited release basis ever since. The wine typically spends around 18 months in oak (depending on the vintage); mostly French oak is used, with a small percentage of American, and a mixture of new and second fill barrels to ensure the oak flavours don't dominate. This is a great example of South African red, showcasing the country's signature grape, Pinotage.

Winery : The Malan family's winemaking heritage dates back to 1688, when French Huguenot Jacques Malan arrived in South Africa. More recently it was the late Frans Malan who established Simonsig Estate, crafting high quality wines and pioneering innovations such as Cape sparkling wine. Current generation, brothers Francois and Johan, manage the vineyards and cellar respectively and continue the family traditions of quality, sustainability and social responsibility. Simonsig has won more awards than you can shake a stick at, but are constantly striving for improvement. These wines have true provenance and authenticity; their roots are literally in the ancient soils around the Simonsberg Mountain.