Simonsig Chardonnay 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Chicken a la King filled Parsley Pancakes – 10.05.2017

Simonsig Chardonnay 2016

When you have grown up in the wine business, as I did, and time passes, I forget how long we have actually had Chardonnay vines planted in the winelands.  Simonsig Wine Estate, under its founder, Frans Malan, was amongst the early planters of Chardonnay in the mid 1970s, releasing their first Chardonnay in 1978.

The brothers Johan

[Cellarmaster] and Francois [Vineyardist] have had nearly 40 years of experience producing Chardonnay. Ever searching for perfect location and the perfect clones, they now produce grapes of excellent quality which admirably express their Stellenboschness in the cool maritime climate.

Chardonnay ripening on the vine

After an early start in August 2014 with unusual heat and early leaf bud break, the summer was warm and windy and the grapes ripened up to two weeks early.

The best hand selected grapes for the Simonsig Chardonnay 2016 were taken for elevation.  Fermentation took place in French oak barrels 25% of them new and the remainder made up of 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.  The wine in the new barrels underwent malolactic fermentation. During the 6 month maturation period, batonnage took place regularly.  The wine was then prepared for bottling.

Chardonnay, used in producing Simonsig’s Kaapse Vonkel

It looks like
Bottled under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped bottle. In the glass, it is a pale golden straw with a green overlay.

It smells like
Sweet tropical limes and roasted hazelnuts.

It tastes like
Full palate, on entry, silken, with a gentle rounded acidity. Citrus supported by marzipan.  Gentle oak spices interwoven with zippy acidity are present in the ending.

Dianne Bibby’s Chicken a la King filled Parsley Pancakes

It’s good with
A serious sipper.  And just made for food. Good match with gentle Kerala Vegetable Curries, and other Oriental dishes. Good with pasta, seafood and chicken in creamy dishes. Latterly we have taken to drinking white wines with our cheese and it works really well. This wine is a good match with Dianne Bibby’s Chicken a la King filled Parsley Pancakes, a lovely retro jazzed up riff on a 1960s classic.  Click here for her recipe.

Dianne Bibby

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