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Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016


The wine displays a bright straw color that screams tropical fruit in the glass. The fresh acidity adds to the longevity of an array of white pear and melon with an undertone of guava. An unpretentious wine that over delivers on the nose and palate, stating itself as an any occasion companion.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes

It was a challenging, early and very dry harvest. Water supplies had a great impact on the 2016 harvest, especially where vineyards were not buffered against the heat. However, the dry conditions led to the vineyards and grapes being very healthy overall. Most other regions, especially the Swartland, produced significant smaller crops but at Simonsig estate, we produced 2% more than 2015. The Chenin Blanc grapes were in pristine condition. It was quite a challenge picking the various blocks on time before the sugar levels sky rocketed. We were able to produce beautiful building blocks with an abundance of fruit and depth. Grapes were handpicked, crushed and some lots given overnight skin contact. Juice was cold settled to brilliant clarity and inoculated with selected yeast strains known for producing very fruity wines. Fermentation temperature was kept between 53-55 °F to ensure a nice slow fermentation and optimal fruit flavor production.

Serving Hints
This wine should be served slightly chilled as an aperitif, or with lighter seafood dishes. Other excellent pairings include goat cheese, citrus salad or steamed mussels as well as roast chicken.

PRODUCER: Simonsig Family Vineyards
COUNTRY: South Africa
REGION: Stellenbosch
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chenin Blanc
pH: 3.6
ALCOHOL %: 13.5

Press Highlights

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

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