Silwervis Smiley Red NV
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. -Silwervis.