Celia Hoogenhout is a local girl who married German-born Simon Obholzer in 2012 and together they decided to take over the farming the two small blocks of Syrah and Merlot on Celia’s parents’ farm Woestkloof in Wellington.
Louis Nel, previously of Warwick and Hidden Valley, makes the wine on their behalf and the maiden vintage 2013s are now in the process of being released.
Simelia Merlot 2013
Abv 13.5%. Matured for 16 months in third- and fourth-fill oak. Dark fruit, violets, fresh herbs and a certain olivaceous note. Medium bodied with moderate acidity and fine, properly ripe tannins. The finish is long and gently savoury. A really smart Merlot from Wellington – who would’ve thought?
Simelia Shiraz 2013
Abv 14%. Maturation as for the Merlot. Red and black fruit and spice but also some reduction. Super-concentrated fruit, quite heavily extracted and perhaps a little hot on the finish. Respectable enough but not nearly as winning as the Merlot.