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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut MCC

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut MCC

R205,00

Frans Malan, the founder of Simonsig, was the first producer of Méthode Cap Classique in South Africa when he pioneered Kaapse Vonkel in 1971. A classic Cap Classique with a light golden hue. Kaapse Vonkel transmits elegance and refinement in every luxurious bubble. On the nose, white flowers, apples, and nectarines are supported by subtle aromas of shortbread biscuits. Refreshing flavours of apple and peach are followed by a delicate mineral finish on the palate. Beautiful acidity contributes extraordinary length and finesse to this Cap Classique, making every occasion a memorable celebration.

Specifications

SKU: SIM-002
Alcohol Volume: 12.2%
Sugar G/L: 5.4 g/l
Type of wine: MCC/Sparkling Wine
Food Pairing: Seafood

More Information

In the cellar

All the grapes are handpicked in bins. The whole bunches are gently pressed in pneumatic presses to collect the purest juices named cuvée. After settling overnight, the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks at about 15-17°C with specially selected yeast strains. To add complexity to the wine, a portion of the Chardonnay is fermented in older French Oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation is done to preserve the freshness of the wine. The wine is blended expertly before being bottled. After fermentation in the bottle, the wine is aged on the lees for at least 20 months prior to disgorgement.

In the vineyard

Higher rainfall during the 2019 winter months and the coinciding increase in dam levels resulted in better water availability for vineyards. Even budbreak and a large number of flowering bunches showed early promise. Conditions remained favourable, except for some wind during flowering and rain during December that required meticulous vineyard management. Moderate temperatures and dry weather followed, resulting in an excellent season for Cap Classique. Above average yields with healthy and excellent quality grapes. An intense season that required immense focus and precise execution to manage. However, if managed well it held great potential.

Ageing

Kaapse Vonkel is ready to drink upon release. The 2020 has all the attributes to gain in richness and complexity for at least 4 to 6 years.

Cultivar

51% Chardonnay | 47% Pinot Noir | 2% Pinot Meunier

Food Pairing

The versatile Kaapse Vonkel can be served with scrambled eggs in the morning, bobotie for lunch, fresh mussels for dinner or cake for dessert. Not to mention the obvious match with fresh oysters, pâtés, or if all else fails, on its own with the people you love.

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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