Simonsig Wine Estate under the brothers Malan, Francois, the Viticulturist and Johan, the Production Director, continues to innovate and pioneer. This wine is a collaboration between the brothers and Alan Mullins, the Woolworths Wine Guru. Using two South African wine varieties. Chenin Blanc, I call South African as our vineyards are 6 times the size of those in France and it is the largest planted wine grape in South Africa. Pinotage is the quintessential red wine grape created here in the 1920s by Abraham Perold. The blend of the wine is Chenin Blanc led, making up 69% of the blend and the Pinotage making up the balance.
The grapes for the Simonsig Woolworths Rosé 2019 are separately hand harvested and the grapes destemmed and crushed in separate lots for later blending. The Pinotage juice is run off quickly to prevent too much colour from the skins. The juice is settled, cook and clear before cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks, this holds in the aromas and flavours. Once the blending has taken place, the wine us prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is simple and elegant Simonsig in style. In the glass the wine is a pale salmon colour, gem bright. The aromas are a perfect blend of the melon, stone fruit and guava of the Chenin and the red berries and crunchy watermelon of the Pinotage. The palate is full and generous, and fruity, though the wine is dry. Impressive summer glass.
The Simonsig Woolworths Rosé 2019 should be well chilled for service. Perfect as a mid-morning refresher, a sundown sipper or an aperitif. For a light lunch snack, Alida Ryder’s Crispy bacon brie grilled cheese sandwich with caramelised onions is the most perfect partner. Click HERE for her recipe and to browse her website.
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