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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rose 2019


With a delightful light salmon color, this vibrant Cap Classique has a beautiful fine and persistent mousse. Captivating aromas of raspberries and cranberries are elevated by subtle floral notes. On the palate, strawberry sherbet and red berries are followed by a hint of biscuity complexity. Crisp acidity contributes freshness and flair to this delecate Cap Classique Rosé.

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. Cooler summer temperatures during December and January resulted in slower ripening and grapes with exceptionally low pH's, excellent acidity and finesse. All the grapes were hand-harvested. Whole bunches were gently pressed in pneumatic presses to collect the purest juice, which is the cuvee. The juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at about 57.2 - 60.8 F (14-16 C) with specially-selected yeast strains to ensure optimum fruit and freshness. The fermentation in the bottle creates millions of magic bubbles. The bottles were then matured in the winery's cool and dark cellars for 12 to 15 months, adding layers of yeasty complexity to augment the delicious red berry flavors. 
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, which was pioneered by Frans Malan, founder of Simonsig and Johan’s father.

Serving Hints
Server chilled, between 42.8 - 46.4 F (6-8 C). Excellent on its own and pairs well with most seafood dishes or light desserts like fresh seasonal berries. 

PRODUCER: Simonsig Estate
COUNTRY: South Africa
REGION: Stellenbosch
GRAPE VARIETY: 75% Pinot Nor, 23% Pinotage, 2% Pinot Meunier
pH: 3.26

Press Highlights

2016: 91 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Oct. 2018
2016: 90 Pts - James Suckling, June 25, 2018
2012: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #209, Oct. 2013
2007: 90 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Feb. 2009
2007: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 15, 2008

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