In 2004 Simonsig winemaker, Johan Malan, created an innovative taste sensation by blending three Pinot Noirs to launch the Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé. This delicious blend contains South Africa’s home grown varietal Pinotage in combination with Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier (not 2007 vintage), the two classic red varieties used in Champagne.
An exquisite champagne colour with energetic dancing pearls. A sensory adventure filled with fresh red berry pockets and hints of candyfloss. A celebration of refreshing flavours tantalise the palate with a sublime finish of quince notes. The subtle yet crisp acidity causes an array of lingering high notes. This vibrant Sparkling Rosé reflects elegance, style and finesse.
Grapes: 72% Pinot Noir, 27% Pinotage, 1% Pinot Meunier
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.