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