Frans Malan, who with his energetic wife Liza, founded Simonsig Wine Estate in Koelenhof in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Frans, as energetic as Liza, was a pioneer in so many ways and he just continued beavering away producing one surprise after the other. The earliest of Estate bottlings of Pinotage and Chenin Blanc and the major contribution he made was producing South Africa’s first Kaapse Vonkel Methode Champenoise, wine with a second fermentation in the bottle.
Now known as Kaapse Vonkel Methode Cap Classique, the wine has developed into a range which includes The Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2017, The Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2018, The Cuvée Royale 2014 – a Blanc de Blancs, The Kaapse Vonkel Satin Nectar 2017, and the Kaapse Vonkel Satin Nectar Rosé 2017. Surely wines for all tastes.
Johan Malan is the Production Director of Simonsig, while his brother Francois is the Vineyardist. Debbie Thompson is the Cellarmaster and Charl Schoeman the Winemaker responsible for the Estate’s MCC Wines.
A quick run through of these wines will give you an idea which will best suit your tastes. The wines are, I think evenhandedly priced at R155.00 a bottle off the Estate, with the exception of the Cuvée Royale which sells at R350.00. If you join the Simonsig Wine Estate Wine Club, the wines are yours at a discount of 20%. The packaging is elegant and serious in the Champagne style.
The Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2017
In the glass, the wine is a wheaten straw with a mass of bubbles rushing to the surface. Apples and white fleshed peaches with a crisp citrus acidity. Delicious refreshing glass at any time of the day.
The Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2018
In the glass, a beautiful cherry blossom pink, with the concomitant bubbles. Little hints of red berries with spun sugar and poached quinces are found. The acidity is part of the joy of this wine. A long elegant finish.
The Cuvée Royale 2014
After 5 years of ageing this wine is ready to drink now, though will reward you with a further year or two of cool cellaring. Made from Chardonnay only, it has a delightful resin colour in the glass, with the expected tiny bubbles. Again, appley and orange blossom undertow, crisp and fresh.
The Kaapse Vonkel Satin Nectar 2017
Made from the classic Champagne varieties of Pinot Noir (49%), Chardonnay (48%) and Pinot Meunier (3%). The three wines are separately vinified and then blended before the classical second fermentation. Here we have a wheat coloured fruitier, semi-sweet wine, with lovely floral aromas. I read an article recently of a French Champagne Company making a special wine to which you could add a block or two of ice, this one would be happy to be chilled this way, its flavours are intense.
The Kaapse Vonkel Satin Nectar Rosé 2017
A child of the terrible drought of recent times, and as a result the bunches of the red grapes were lighter and the berries smaller. This resulted in grapes with excellent colour and flavour. Johan and Francois were very happy with the quality and intense fruit of this pale pink wine. Nice ending with a great balance of fruit and acidity made perfect by the bubbles highlighting the flavours.
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