Simonsig Wine Estate is on the Western side of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. In the second half of last century, Frans Malan, the owner, created Kaapse Vonkel. This style is now known as Cap Classique as part of the process includes a second fermentation in the bottle, identical to that of Champagne in France.
Today, Frans’s sons, Francois in the vineyards and Johan in the cellar still make this groundbreaking wine. In 2004 using 74% Pinot Noir, 23% Pinotage, and 3% Pinot Meunier, Johan produced the first Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé.
The Estate describes the vinification thus –
All the grapes were handpicked in bins. The whole bunches were gently pressed in pneumatic presses to collect the purest juice called the cuvée. The juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks, at about 14-16°C, with specially selected yeast strains to ensure optimum fruit and freshness in the wine. The final composition of the Rosé is determined by meticulous tastings before the different cuvées are expertly blended resulting in the most refined and fruity wine. The fermentation in the bottle creates the millions of magic bubbles. The bottles are then matured in our cool and dark cellars for at least 15 months, adding layers of yeasty complexity to the delicious red berry flavours. When the perfect harmony is reached the disgorgement removes the yeast and in the final step a small quantity of dosage is added to finish a perfectly balanced Brut Rosé.
From a clear glass Champagne shaped bottle. Closed with natural cork and a little wire muzzle. In the glass a pretty shell pink with a mass of the tiniest bubbles rushing headlong to the surface forming a crown round the edges. The aromas are of sweet country lane flowers, with Top Red Apples, and fraises des bois, the little wild strawberries they find in the woods. From entry, there is a lovely acidity line which runs through the white fleshed peaches, cherries, and Top Reds again, in a rich and generous palate. Great long and gently waning aftertaste.
The Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2020 is an excellent sipping wine, just because. It is perfect as an aperitif and excellent as a wine to accompany your main course at dinner. Especially if your outdoor lunch is something like Alida Ryder’s Open Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Whipped Goat’s Cheese. Click HERE for her recipe.
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