Simonsig Wine Estate is owned and managed by the Malan Family, and has been for three generations. The farm is situated in Koelenhof in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. The pioneering late owner, Frans Malan, has passed on his energy to his two sons who now manage the Estate, Francois as Vineyardist and Johan as Cellarmaster.
Appropriate that International Chardonnay Day falls on May 27th. The first Chardonnay was made on the Estate in the vintage of 1978. Francois and Johan know which clones they prefer and where best to plant them. The deep red soils of Simonsig and the cool maritime climate of Stellenbosch are perfectly suited to fully express the nobility of Chardonnay.
From a brown glass Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is simple classical Simonsig. In the glass, the wine is hay coloured. The aromas are of ripe white fleshed peaches and pears and an undertow of sweet tropical limes. The palate is rich, and generous from entry, creamy from the ok maturation and has an enchanting line of acidity running through into the long aftertaste. An impressive glass. While eminently drinkable now, the wine will reward you after a year or two of cool cellaring.
The Simonsig Chardonnay 2018 is an elegant sipping wine, though it really excels with food. Because of its oomph, it will match full flavoured dishes like roast pork belly, veal scallops and game fish. Thinly sliced raw fish, dressed with an interesting salsa makes a great match. For me, an organic butter roasted chicken is a perfect partner. Dianne Bibby’s Buttered Roast Chicken is the ideal companion. Click HERE for her recipe.
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