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Bright, straw color with an aromatic nose of ripe pears, apples and flowers with a touch of honey. Fresh and intense fruit salad flavors fill the palate with delicious richness on the aftertaste. The honeyed ripeness of the Chenin is beautifully complimented by the flowery tropical fruit in its youth. Further development in the bottle creates rich, complex wine.
The biggest portion of our Chenin grapes are sourced from the Koelenhof (Greater Simonsberg) area. The weathered shale soils of this terrior brings out the intense aromatic fruitiness and full bodied structure of fully ripe Chenin Blanc grapes. In 2005 a small crop and warm dry percentage of raisened berries and even some highly sought after Botrytis. Rich and more full-bodied than 2004.
The Simonsig vineyard lies Northwest of Stellenbosch and is privately owned by the Malan family. It produces some of the finest red and white wines as well as a sparkling wine made by the Cap Classique Methode - the local Champenoise. The Stellenbosch region is recognized as the best wine producing area in South Africa and lies 45 kilometres east of Cape Town.
The first Malan...Read More About Simonsig
A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the
biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...Read More About South Africa
Model of Versatility
The best representation of the Chenin Blanc grape can be found in the
Valley of France - more specifically, the regions of Vouvray, Savennieres,
Anjou and Samur. The versatility of the grape allows it to produce wines both
dry and sweet, still and sparkling - and you can find all examples in the...Read More About Chenin Blanc
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