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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2019

Overview

An elegant Cap Classique with a light golden hue and fine persistent mousse. Fresh apple, white peach and citrus blossom entice on the nose. A refined palate shows bursts of lemon, stone fruits and raspberry with a hint of yeasty complexity. Beautiful acidity contributes extraordinary length and finesse to this Cap Classique, making every occasion a memorable celebration.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
One of the major influences on the 2019 harvest was the preceding winter which saw 70% more rainfall than the previous year - one recognized as among the driest in the history of the Cape Winelands. An unexpected warm spell in June 2018 saw temperatures rising to above 86 F (30°C), pushing the vineyards to uneven budding and patchy ripening as the berries gained sugar and color. The uneven ripening posed a real challenge for the harvest teams. Fortunately, climatic conditions for the rest of the growing season were ideal for Cap Classique. All the grapes are handpicked in bins. The whole bunches are gently pressed in pneumatic presses to collect the purest juices named cuvée. After two days of settling the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks at about 59 – 62.6 F (15-17° C) with specially selected yeast strains. To add complexity to the wine, a portion of the Chardonnay is fermented in older French Oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation is done to preserve the freshness of the wine. The 2019 vintage can be enjoyed now, but also has a cellaring potential of 4-6 years.

Interesting Fact
In 2004, Simonsig winemaker Johan Malan created the first ever blend of Pinotage with the two classic red varieties used in Champagne, made in the Classic Methode Cap Classique of fermentation in the bottle, pioneered by Frans Malan, founder of Simonsig and father of Johan.


Serving Hints
In 2004, Simonsig winemaker Johan Malan created the first ever blend of Pinotage with the two classic red varieties used in Champagne, made in the Classic Methode Cap Classique of fermentation in the bottle, pioneered by Frans Malan, founder of Simonsig and father of Johan.



Producer: Simonsig Estate
Region: Stellenbosch
Country: South Africa
Wine Composition: 50% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir, 1% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol: 12%
Total Acidity: 7.7 G/L
Residual Sugar : 4.1 G/L
pH: 3.10


Press Highlights

2016: 90 Pts - James Suckling, June 25, 2018
2015: 90 Pts - Tasting Panel, May 2018




 
 
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