The 2017 vintage was a challenging one that led to a smaller, but very promising harvest for the Stellenbosch region. The dry, warm weather produced grapes with small berries with great fruit intensity. The cooler nights and warmer days during the ripening period resulted in grapes with excellent colour and fruit formation. The Chenin Blanc 2017 did not disappoint, we were delighted with the quality and intense fruit spectrum from the various blocks. We selected a few blocks that we picked earlier to obtain the natural acidity of the wine and then there were blocks that we pushed for optimal ripeness to capture the broad fruit spectrum.
Chenin Blanc, which comprises 20% of South Africa’s vineyards, was the first wine that Simonsig produced. This is the winery’s 48th vintage.
This wine should be served slightly chilled as an aperitif or with lighter seafood dishes.
PRODUCER: Simonsig Estate
COUNTRY: South Africa
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Chenin Blanc
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.9 g/l
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.7 g/
ALCOHOL %: 13.7
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