The Simonsig Chenin Blanc presents itself in the glass in a bright straw yellow that turns green at the rim. With its intense scent of tropical fruits and stone fruits, the white wine already spoils the senses of the connoisseur. These wonderful fruit aromas are also present on the palate, especially melon, passion fruit and pear. A pleasant citrus note skilfully accompanies the fresh acidity of the Simonsig Chenin Blanc, which is an extremely successful reflection of its terroir. Enjoy this accessible white wine with a delicious salad of beetroot or goat's cheese, but chicken is also a recommendable combination.
Producer Information: Simonsig
Huguenot Jacques Malan arrived in the Cape from France in 1688 and to this day his family run the Simonsig estate, named after the imposing mountain that dominates the view. In 1971 the late Frans Malan produced South Africa’s first méthode traditionnelle (second ferment in bottle) sparkling wine calling it Kaapse Vonkel, meaning ‘Cape Sparkle’. A pioneer, Malan and the Kaapse Vonkel set a precedent and started the ball rolling for producers to come. Malan dubbed the style Method Cap Classique (MCC) as from 1992 the word Champagne or Champenoise was no longer legally allowed on the label. This was probably for the best, as any region riding on the back of another’s name will never truly reach their own, earned and respected recognition; and South African sparkling wine definitely deserves all the glory it’s getting. They also produce highly recognised bordeaux blends and pinotage.