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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2005
Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2005
(search item no. 86447)
Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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About Simonsig:

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 who came to South Africa in 1688 was a French Huguenot. At the Cape of Good Hope, then under Dutch rule, he was given land to plant new vineyards. He subsequently settled near Stellenbosch which became famous for its quality wines. It is still known as the champion wine region of South Africa.

The Simonsig Estate vineyard stretches out over 211 hectares around the northern side of Stellenbosch at the foot of the Simons mountain. It is generally acknowledged as the largest private producer of estate wines in South Africa.

Simonsig produces numerous varieties such as Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinotage.