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Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2020


The wine displays a bright straw color with a green tinge. An expressive nose of tropical and stone fruits makes for a grand entrance.  Layers of tropical fruits on the palate, with bursts of pear, melon and passion fruit. A delicate touch of lemon is beautifully complimented by refreshing acidity. It is an unwooded, dry Chenin Blanc. This 2020 vintage is a true expression of the Simonsig terrior.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Higher rainfall in the 2019 winter months and the coinciding increase in dam levels resulted in better water availability for vineayrds. Even budbreak and a large number of flowering bunches showed early promise. Conditions remained favorable, except for some wind during flowering and rian during December that required meticulous vineyard management. Moderate temperatures and dry weather followerd, resulting in an excellent season for white wines. Above average yields with healthy and excellent quality grape. An intense season that required immense focus and precise execution to manage. However, if managed well it held great potential. Grapes are handpicked, crushed and some lots are given overnight skin contact. Juice is cold settled to brilliant clarity and inoculated with selected yeast strains, well known for producing very fruity wines. Fermentation temperature is kept between  12-14° C to ensure a nice and slow fermentation and optimal fruit flavor production.

Interesting Fact
Chenin Blanc, which comprises 20% of South Africa’s vineyards, was the first wine that Simonsig produced.

Serving Hints
Excellent as an aperitif, or with dishes such as Beetroot and citrus salad with goat's cheese, steamed mussels with a garlic cream sauce, or grilled whole chicken with root vegetables. 

Producer: Simonsig Estate
Region: Stellenbosch
Country: South Africa
Wine Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol: 13.74 %
Total Acidity: 6.75 G/L
Residual Sugar: 3.08 G/L
pH: 3.3

Press Highlights

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

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