Simonsig releases legendary Mr Borio’s 2011 Shiraz

Thursday, 25 April, 2013
The legacy of Alessandro Borio lives on at Simonsig Estate with the release of the new Mr Borio’s Shiraz 2011 vintage. This richly layered wine pays homage to the intrepid Italian Prisoner of War, Alessandro Borio, who stayed on after World War II to make South Africa his home.
A master in ‘cemento’ Alessandro’s unparalleled masonry skills and eccentric, colourful personality found a true home at Simonsig, the family owned Stellenbosch wine estate renowned for its distinctive red wines. The Mr Borio’s Shiraz 2011 honours Alessandro as a remarkable friend of the Malan family.

“Starting every day by cooking breakfast on his spade, Mr Borio, built the first cement wine tanks on Simonsig. His tanks found in the oldest part of our cellar, are still used today to produce our widely enjoyed Shiraz,” says cellarmaster Johan Malan.

The Mr Borio’s Shiraz 2011 allures with a rich berry bouquet encrusted in black fruit with a hint of vanilla pod. The feast of flavours comes with a touch of sweet spice which melds with subtle yet remarkable oak notes whilst the tamed tannins aptly capture the character of Mr Borio with the promise of excellent ageing potential.

This full bodied red is a meat lover’s dream as it pairs beautifully with cottage or venison pie and is equally enjoyable during laidback gatherings with friends while preparing ribs on the grill. Tasty ham or bacon stuffed mushroom and monkeygland burgers also complement the wine exceptionally well.

Mr Borio’s Shiraz 2011 is available at select wine outlets countrywide and sells for R70 at the cellar door.

For more information or wine orders contact Simonsig Estate at Tel: (+27)21 888 4915 or visit


Mr Borio’s 2011 Shiraz
Mr Borio’s 2011 Shiraz

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