This week I attended a lunch at which Johan Malan, owner and Cellarmaster of Simonsig Wine Estate gave a vertical tasting of the Estate’s pioneering Kaapse Vonkel and its Cuvée Royale. A very exciting time to look back and to learn more. Simonsig Woolworths Pinot Noir Rosé No Added Sulphur MCC 2015 was not one of them, this product is especially made for Woolworths.
This year Simonsig became the most-awarded cellar in the history of the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge by winning the competition’s Best Producer Award for the fourth time.
The Simonsig Cuvée Royale 2012, a 100% Chardonnay wine with lees contact of 60 months, was crowned the best wine of the competition. It was also awarded as top wine in the Blanc de Blancs category, while Simonsig’s Woolworths Pinot Noir Rosé No Added Sulphur MCC 2015 won the Rosé category.
Made in the classical method of Champagne, known locally as Méthode Cape Classique, I hope always that people will not keep these wines only for celebration, but for almost every other occasion at which one would drink a fine sparkling wine. Like, Breakfast!
It looks like
Bottled under a natural cork closure in a clear glass Champagne shaped bottle. The glass is very thick to be able to cope with the internal pressure, the wire muzzle over the cork holds it in place. In the glass, the wine is a pale onion skin pink with a mass of the tiniest bubbles rushing up to the surface.
It smells like
Strawberry in gentle undertow and that wonderful green apple freshness.
It tastes like
The strawberry from the nose is present on the palate in abundance, also crisp bright fruited fresh raspberries in the midst of the soft and continuous bubbles which add a wonderful freshness. Gentle notes of charcuterie.
It’s good with
Traditionally one thinks of oysters and smoked trout or salmon when drinking a wine like this with food. It is a superb wine with food and is a perfect wine to drink with a dish like Coronation Chicken. Or a fabulous salad like Alida’s Ryder’s Farmers market salad with buffalo mozzarella. Such a feast of colour, aroma and flavour. Click here for her recipe.
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