Heavy rainfall in 2021 made for an ample water supply to the vines. Cooler conditions through the spring and early summer were very favorable and resulted in clow, even and gradual ripening with good flavor concentration on the grapes. Warm, dry weather through the peak growing season increased the ripening tempo and resulted in smaller bunches with good intensity.
The grapes were handpicked, crushed and some lots given overnight skin contact. The juice was cold settled to a brilliant clarity and inoculated with selected yeast strains that are well- known for producing fruity wines. Fermentation temperature are kept between 12-14°C to ensure a slow fermentation and optimal fruit flavor production. After vinification, the wine is bottled and ready for consumption.
Simonsig Chenin Blanc was the first wine released by founder Frans Malan in 1968.
Named after the majestic views of the Simonsberg Mountain, Simonsig Wine Estate is situated in the famous Stellenbosch wine region just east of Cape Town. Founded in 1971 on true Cape hospitality and strong family values, Simonsig is now helmed by the 3rd generation of the Malan family. The late Frans Malan, a pioneer of the South African wine industry and superior wine craftsperson, cemented the estate’s legacy in South African wine history. He produced the first bottle of the much-loved, groundbreaking Kaapse Vonkel sparkling wine, South Africaʼs first Méthode Cap Classique made in the traditional method. He is also honored for co-founding the thriving Stellenbosch Wine Route, the first of its kind in the country. Today, his wine heritage lives on through his sons, Francois and Johan, and his grandchildren, Francois-Jacques, Christelle and Michael.
Country: South Africa
Wine Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol: 13.6 %
Total Acidity: 6.75 G/L
Residual Sugar: 2.14 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