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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rose 2016


The exquisite champagne pink color of this rosé reflects its elegance and grace, accented by energetic, dancing bubbles. The wine is filled with fresh red berry pockets and a sublime finish of quince notes on the nose and the palate. The subtle, yet crispy, acidity makes this Méthode Cap Classique is lively and refreshing sparkling Rose.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Warmer weather in August resulted in earlier bud break, after which a warm, dry windy summer accelerated ripening by approximately two weeks. The dry weather also lead to a very healthy vintage – one with beautiful layers of fruit, hand-harvested at optimum sugar levels. 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 59-61°F with specially-selected yeast strains to ensure optimum fruit and freshness.

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
This wine should be served chilled as an aperitif or over a romantic dinner that features sweet and sour dishes, lamb, warm desserts, fruit salads with red fruit and berries. It is irresistible with smoked salmon and excellent with sushi as well.

PRODUCER: Simonsig Estate
COUNTRY: South Africa
REGION: Stellenbosch
GRAPE VARIETY: 64% Pinot Noir, 34% Pinotage, 2% Pinot Meunier
pH: 3.38
ALCOHOL: 12.6%

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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