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Simonsig Cuvée Royale 2018

Simonsig Cuvée Royale 2018

R500,00

This Blanc de Blancs displays a light straw colour and exceptionally fine mousse. Refreshing aromas of lemon and lime flowers are complimented by layers of stone fruits, apples and freshly baked bread. A delicate and precise palate accentuates these aromas and offers additional minerality and yeasty complexity. Beautiful acidity contributes extraordinary length to this prestige cuvee, making every occasion a special celebration.

Specifications

SKU: SIM-002-1
Alcohol Volume: 12.3%
Sugar G/L: 3.16 g/l
Type of wine: MCC/Sparkling Wine
Food Pairing: Seafood

More Information

In the cellar

Only the best Chardonnay grapes grown on the finest Stellenbosch soils are hand selected to make this extraordinary Blanc de Blancs. Gentle whole bunch pressing yields only the finest cuvée. Primary fermentation took place in a stainless steel tank to ensure freshness and primary fruit. No malolactic fermentation is done. The wine is bottled to complete the second fermentation in the bottle and aged on the lees for at least 3 years.

In the vineyard

The 2022 vintage was a challenging one that led to a smaller, but very promising harvest for the Stellenbosch region. The dry warm weather produced grapes with small berries with great fruit intensity. The cooler nights and warmer days during the ripening period resulted in grapes with excellent acidity, low pH and good fruit formation. An excellent Cap Classique vintage with exceptionally flavourful, yet elegant Chardonnay base wines.

Ageing

After maturing in our cellars for more than 3 years the Cuvée Royale has now reached good complexity and can be enjoyed now. However, this Blanc de Blancs will only gain in depth, flavour and complexity for several years come.

Cultivar

100% Chardonnay

Awards and Recognition

90 points | Rob Parker Wine Advocate Report | 2022
Gold | Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards | 2022
4.5* | Platter’s Wine Guide | 2022
94 points | Gilbert & Gaillard International | 2021
Double Gold | Veritas | 2021
91 points | Tim Atkin | 2020

About the Wine Estate

Simonsig Wine Estate is synonymous with the history of the South African wine industry, the Stellenbosch wine region, and the Malan family name. These elements are intertwined in this family-owned farm, where the late Frans Malan produced the first bottle of our much-loved Kaapse Vonkel, South Africaʼs first Méthode Cap Classique made in the classic bottle-fermented style. He is also honoured for co-founding the thriving Stellenbosch Wine Route, a first in its time. Today, his legacy lives on through his sons, Francois and Johan, and grandchildren Christelle and Michael, the 2nd and 3rd Malan generations at Simonsig Wine Estate.

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