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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2011
Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2011
(search item no. 112306)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2011 is 100% Chenin Blanc. It is vibrant bright straw in color. On the nose the wine is leaping out of the glass with aromatics of ripe tropical fruits like pineapple, ripe pear, guavas and a hint of floral notes. Sun ripe grapes add to concentration of complex fruit flavors on the palate with hints of honey and raisins. The wine has a fresh crispy and smooth silky texture on the finish.
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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.