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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2018


The 2018 vintage was really challenging due to the prolonged drought, which some believe to be the worst in 100 years (accompanied by water restrictions). The expertise of the vineyard team was definitely put to the test by the warm and dry climatic conditions – which ultimately produced grapes with small berries and great fruit intensity. The grapes were handpicked, and the bunches were gently pressed in pneumatic presses to collect the purest juices named cuvee. After two days of settling, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at about 59 – 62.6 F, with specially selected yeast strains. A portion of the Chardonnay was fermented in older French oak barrels to add complexity. No maloactic fermentation was done to preserve the freshness of the wine.

Wine Facts

Vintage Description:
The 2017 vintage was a challenging one that led to a smaller, but very promising harvest for the Stellenbosch region. The dry warm weather produced grapes with small berries with great fruit intensity. The cooler nights and warmer days during the ripening period resulted in grapes with excellent colour and fruit formation. The components for this Cap Classique 2017 did not disappoint and we were delighted with the quality and intense fruit spectrum from the various blocks.

Wine Maker Notes:
With an elegant light golden hue, this wine offers vibrant aromas of white peach, fresh apple and pear. On the palate, stone fruit flavors are beautifully complimented by hints of citrus and raspberries. Lively acidity and a crisp, dry finish contribute to an elegant Cap Classique.

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 Suggestions:
Suggested serving temperature between 42.8° F – 46.4° F. Suitable for Vegans. Great as an aperitif, or with oysters or pate. Or even with scrambled eggs in the morning, sushi for lunch, duck for dinner, and an almond cake for dessert.

Producer: Simonsig Estate
Region: Stellenbosch
Country: South Africa
Wine Composition: 55% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir, 2% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol: 12.25 %
Total Acidity: 7.3 G/L
Residual Sugar : 3.8 G/L
pH: 3.21

Press Highlights

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

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