One of the major influences on the 2019 harvest was the preceding winter, which saw 70% more rainfall than the previous year. An unexpected warm spell in June 2018 saw temperatures rising to above 86° F. This pushed the vineyards to uneven budding and patchy ripening. The uneven ripening posed a real challenge for the harvest teams. To capture the multi-layer fruit spectrum for this Chenin Blanc, the winery picked in various stages of ripening. This led to an elegant 2019 vintage with a fantastic aroma spectrum. The grapes were handpicked. Fermentation temperature was kept between 53.6° F – 57.2° F to ensure a nice and slow fermentation and optimal fruit flavor production.
Chenin Blanc, which comprises 20% of South Africa’s vineyards, was the first wine that Simonsig produced.
This wine should be served slightly chilled as an aperitif or with dishes like grilled chicken with root vegetables, steamed mussels with a garlic cream sauce, citrus goat cheese salad, and lighter seafood dishes. This wine is vegan and gluten free.
Producer: Simonsig Estate
Country: South Africa
Wine Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol: 13.6 %
Total Acidity: 5.7 G/L
Residual Sugar: 3.5 G/L
2019: 97 Pts Double Gold - San Francisco Int'l Wine Competition
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