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Simonsig succeeds with twosome on the 2009 CWG Auction hotlist!

Simonsig winemaker Johan Malan, has landed a double act at the 2009 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, with two of his red wines making it onto this year’s hotlist – a Pinotage and a Shiraz.

His remarkable duo, specially crafted for this year’s repertoire of rare auction wines to go under the hammer on 3 October this year, includes the elegant Simonsig Auction Reserve Pinotage 2007, which stems from a humble, twelve year old bush vine vineyard.

“This wine proves that looks can be deceiving, because what the vineyard lacks in appearance, its shale soil and excellent fruit quality certainly made up for it in the bottle,” shares Johan, current Chairman and one of the longest serving members of the Cape Winemakers Guild.

The full-bodied Simonsig Auction Reserve Pinotage 2007 was matured in new French (77%) and American oak for 25 months. It lends itself to exceptional ageing potential with the wood influence subtle yet supportive, respecting the complex plum and sour cherry Pinotage flavours, intertwined with smooth, ripe tannins. Dark black berry fruit infused with perfumed vanilla pod aromas add finesse to this boldly structured wine from an outstanding vintage.

The second 2009 auction wine is the Simonsig Auction Reserve Shiraz 2007 crafted from a low yielding vineyard on deep red soil which produced super ripe grapes. Viognier skins were added during fermentation and the wines spent 25 days with skin contact after which it was oak matured in a single new Francois Freres Nevers barrel for 26 months. The Simonsig Auction Reserve Shiraz 2007 exudes juicy ripe mulberries and spicy cinnamon on the nose whilst hints of white pepper aromas, layered with a cedary oak influence, coax the palate.

“Beautifully concentrated fruit in a framework of fine grained tannins, culminating in a long silky Shiraz finish,” is how Johan describes this red. The Simonsig Auction Reserve Pinotage 2007 and Simonsig Auction Reserve Shiraz 2007 are part of a collection of 41 rare and exclusive wines available in limited quantities only and can be purchased at the 25th Nedbank CWG Auction at Spier Conference Centre on Saturday, 3 October 2009.

Wine enthusiasts can taste this formidable pair along with the rest of the auction wines at the 2009 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) at 18h00 on Thursday, 20 August and at the Atrium, Nedbank Sandton at 18h30 on Thursday, 27 August.

All auction wines are meticulously crafted to represent the pinnacle of what can be achieved in South African winemaking – the ethos behind the Cape Winemakers Guild. Tickets cost R100 per person inclusive of a tasting glass. For bookings visit www.capewinemakersguild.com, email bookings@capewinemakersguild.com or phone 021 852 0408.

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