Simonsig The SMV 2009 is a blend of 59% Shiraz, 40% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier. Juice drawn off in the case of the two red varieties to improve concentration and staves apparently used during fermentation. Back-label, website and media release accompanying sample make repeated and proud reference to oak-derived aromas and flavours like vanilla, coffee and chocolate so perhaps an effort by Simonsig to cash in on the coffee Pinotage phenomenon. The palate came across as overtly sweet and juicy (RS later established as 6.6g/l) as well as smooth textured. Absolutely nothing subtle about it but I have to say I enjoyed it despite myself. At the not unreasonable price of R69 a bottle from the tasting room, there’s a big sector of the market that is going to lap this stuff up.