Simonsig Wine Estate was founded by Frans and Liza Malan, at Koelenhof in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, in the mid 20th century. Frans was a true experimenter and pioneer in the Cape Wine Industry. He it was, who created the first Méthode Champenoise wine (known in South Africa as Cap Classique) for sale in South Africa, 50 years ago this year, and known at Simonsig as Kaapse Vonkel. He, with Neil Joubert of Spier, and Spatz Sperling of Delheim, founded The Stellenbosch Wine Route, also 50 years ago.
At the Young Wine Show in Stellenbosch, and I was there, the first vintage of Simonsig’s Gewürztraminer took a major award – and justifiably so. A notoriously difficult variety to grow with its small bunches and extremely low yield explains why there are only 122 hectares in South Africa.
The 2019 vintage started off well with good rains during the previous winter. Wind during flowering caused a concern, though the above average yields resulted in healthy and excellent quality grapes. An intense season that required immense focus and precise execution to manage. However, if managed well it held great potential.
From an Alsatian Flute shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is simple, elegant and descriptive. In the glass, the wine is hay coloured. The aromas are so beguiling, rosewater, litchi and cling peach. The palate from entry is semi sweet, with a good line of acidity running through to the long aftertaste. Here you will find flavours of freshly squeezed Pink Lady Apple Juice, and preserved citrus peel, full rich and generous.
The Simonsig Gewürztraminer 2019 is a fine wine for sipping. Also, a fine wine with food. Excellent with a gentle Kerala Vegetable Curry, or a creamy goat cheese with Makataan melon preserve. Jamie Oliver has a stunning recipe – CLICK HERE.
Listen to my podcast of the Simonsig Gewürztraminer 2019, first aired on fine Music Radio – CLICK HERE
Read about Simonsig Wine Estate and its offerings – CLICK HERE