The 2018 vintage was really challenging due to the prolonged drought (which some believed was the worst in 100 years). The dry weather did have its advantages as vines were healthy. The dry, warm weather resulted in smaller berries with great fruit intensity. The grapes were handpicked. Fermentation temperature was kept between 12-14° C to ensure a nice and slow fermentation and optimal fruit flavor production. We selected a few blocks that we picked earlier at various ripening levels to obtain fruit and natural acidity. We were delighted with the quality and intense fruit spectrum from the various blocks. The Chenin Blanc 2018 did not disappoint.
Chenin Blanc, which comprises 20% of South Africa’s vineyards, was the first wine that Simonsig produced. This is the winery’s 50th vintage.
This wine should be served slightly chilled as an aperitif or with dishes like grilled whole chicken with root vegetables, steamed mussels with a garlic cream sauce, beetroot/citrus/goat cheese salad, and lighter seafood dishes.
PRODUCER: Simonsig Estate
COUNTRY: South Africa
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chenin Blanc
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.8 g/l
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.8 g/l
2017: 91 Pts - James Suckling, June 2018
2016: 90 Pts - James Suckling, Aug 2017
2012: 'Silver Medal' - Los Angeles International Wine Competition
2012: "Today's Wine Pick" - Wine Spectator Online, Sept. 19. 2013
2011: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #204, Dec. 2012
2011: 88 Pts "Best Buy" - Wine Enthusiast, March 2012
2009: 88 Pts "Best Buy" - Wine Enthusiast, Mar. 2011
2008: 85 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2009
2007: 86 Pts "Best Buy" - Wine Enthusiast, Jun. 2008
2007: Superquaffer of the Year! - John Platter, 2008
2006: 86 Pts - Wine Spectator, Mar. 2007