A full flavoured dry sparkling Rosé made by the traditional Methodé Cap Classique method. Comprising 74% Pinot Noir, 23% Pinotage and 3% Pinot Meunier, the bottles are matured in the cellar for at least 15 months, adding layers of yeasty complexity to the delicious red berry flavours.
With a light coral colour, this has an energetic, yet delicate and persistent mousse. On the nose, aromas of field flowers, red apples and strawberries are followed by hints of lightly baked shortcrust pastry. A refreshing palate of nectarine, cherry and red apple follows, all tied together with a crisp acidity.
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.