Smiley Red 2016
There are no other wines like these in the world.
The Smiley Red NV takes its inspiration from the personality-driven structure and fruit of the southern Rhône AOCs, like Rasteau and Gigondas. Like the Chenin, it is unique in being a blend of 2017, 2016 and 2015 vintages, allowing the winemaker to express his vision in the final blend. This experimental approach has gained Ryan Mostert a strong following of sommeliers and wine geeks from around the world.
Smiley Red is a blend of Cinsault (40%) Mourvedre (40%) Syrah (15%) and Tinta Barocca (5%).
The palate is rounded, concentrated and firm yet delicate and fresh with the Cinsault adding the lift and freshness to the wine and the Syrah the spice and depth. Deep notes of liquorice and clove are balanced by herbaceous rosemary, thyme and oregano with a firm cranberry tartness. The tannins are fine yet grippy with a long finish of violets, cured meat richness and blueberry fruit freshness.