There are no other wines like these in the world. The Smiley Chenin Blanc NV is inspired by the likes of Jura and the oxidative wonders from Viña Tondonia. Unique in that it is produced from 14 different components, including flor, sun-wine, skin contact and multiple vintages. 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. For the full story, read Tim James’ article.
Primarily export wines, the non-vintage Smiley Chenin Blanc V3 and Smiley Red V2 are more refined than previous ‘versions’ but lose none of their intrigue. The Chenin walks a tight rope, balancing oxidation, flor and acidity perfectly. The red is a blend of Mourvèdre, Cinsaut, Syrah and Tinta Barocca with grippy and dry tannins. Both wines are exciting and a pure delight to drink.
The 2015 Terracura Syrah, their flagship release to date, shows off Ryan’s fine wine craftsmanship. Made with the lightest of touches, from 6 different Swartland Syrah vineyards, this is a wine that celebrates terroir. Currently still shy, it has delicate florals and backward, savoury aromatics. Its light frame is tightly wound around detailed tannins that demand another 2 – 3 years to unfurl. It is a fine and sensitive expression of Swartland Syrah.
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* Disclaimer: Roland Peens, Wine Cellar director, is a partner in Smiley, Silwervis and Terracura.
Smiley, Chenin Blanc V3 NV
The third bottling of this incorporating 50% of the 2017 vintage but also wine from 2014, 2015 and 2016. From Chenin Blanc, includes portions fermented under flor, maderised and with skin contact. An entirely compelling nose – a top note of potpourri before blue orange, peach, apricot and a little nutty character. The palate is lean but extremely flavourful, the finish long and saline. Super stuff and apparently attracting a growing following, production now up to 20 000 bottles! – Christian Eedes, 93/100
Smiley, Red V2 NV
A blend of 40% Cinsault, 40% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah and Tinta Barocca. 100% whole bunch fermented and 12.5% alcohol Very aromatic with notes of fynbos and lavender before wild strawberry, raspberry and a little black olive. Light bodied and fresh with lovely fine tannins. Extra smashable. – Christian Eedes, 91/100
Terracura, Syrah 2015
From six different vineyards. Here Mostert’s lightness of touch really works – the nose shows red currant and cherry, vanilla pod (quite winning yet curious given that no new oak was used in the maturation) and a frangipani-like perfume. Again light bodied but if the Silwervis Cinsault feels ever so slightly underdone, this seems all of a piece. Pure and true with lovely freshness and fine, even delicate tannins. Nothing too angular or bony about it, while the finish is wonderfully persistent. – Christian Eedes, 94/100