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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2020


An elegant Cap Classique with a light golden hue and fine persistent mousse. White flowers, apples and nectarines entice on the nose with hints of shortbread. A refined palate shows bursts of apple and peach followed by a delicate mineral finish. Beautiful acidity contributes extraordinary length and finesse to this Cap Classique, making every occasion a memorable celebration.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Higher rainfall during the 2019 winter months and the coinciding increase in dam levels resulted in better water availability for vineyards. Even budbreak and a large number of flowering bunches showed early promise. Conditions remained favorable, except for some wind during flowering and rain during December that required meticulous vineyard management. Moderate temperatures and dry weather followed, resulting in an excellent season for Cap Classique. Above average yields with healthy and excellent quality grapes. An intense season that required immense focus and precise execution to manage. However, if managed well it held great potential. All the grapes are handpicked in bins. The whole bunches are gently pressed in pneumatic presses to collect the purest juices named cuvée. After settling overnight, the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks at about 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 wine is blended expertly before being bottled. After fermentation in the bottle, the wine is aged on the lees for at least 20 months prior to disgorgement.

Interesting Fact
Suggested serving temperature between 42.8° F – 46.4° F. Suitable for Vegans. Great as an aperitif or pair with oysters, pâte, traditional brunch fare, sushi, duck or almond cake.

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: 51% Chardonnay, 47% Pinot Noir, 2% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol: 12.2%
Total Acidity: 7.5 G/L
Residual Sugar : 5.4 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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