This iconic wine with its light golden hue is a must try, a fine persistent mousse with aromas of white peach, fresh apple and pear. On the palate the stone fruit is wonderfully elegant with hints of citrus fruit and a lively acidity to balance. Although crisp and dry there is also a touch of raspberry on the finish, adding to its indulgence. The blend is of classic Champagne varietals: 50% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir and 1% Pinot Meunier. 2019 was is a really elegant vintage for MCC's, with 70% more rainfall than the previous rought year and a fairly cool summer allowing the grapes to ripen slowly. A portion of the Chardonnay grapes were fermented in oak adding body to the wine.
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.