Simonsig Chenin Blanc, StellenboschSimonsig Estate
Country : South Africa
Grape Variety : Chenin Blanc
Delicious South African Chenin from the award-winning Simonsig Estate. Succulent, mouth-filling, honeyed fruit is balanced by a crisp, refreshing acidity. A great mid-week wine!
Tasting Note : Ripe tropical fruit on the nose. The palate is succulent and rounded, with full fruit flavours of guava, passionfruit and melon; the finish is fresh and lively.
Food Pairing : Cheese platter; goat's cheese or chicken salad; shellfish; creamy pasta dishes – it's versatile! Or without food just to enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day.
More info : The supermarket shelves are full of South African Chenins and there is great variation in quality... Don't let that affect your perception of this grape variety, though. Chenin produces some of the very finest wines in France's Loire valley, and when treated properly results in fantastic wines that are full of flavour and character. Chenin Blanc was the first wine released by Simonsig's founder Frans Malan in 1968, and still forms one of the cornerstones of the winery's range today. Simonsig show how it should be done.
Winery : The Malan family's winemaking heritage dates back to 1688, when French Huguenot Jacques Malan arrived in South Africa. More recently it was the late Frans Malan who established Simonsig Estate, crafting high quality wines and pioneering innovations such as Cape sparkling wine. Current generation, brothers Francois and Johan, manage the vineyards and cellar respectively and continue the family traditions of quality, sustainability and social responsibility. Simonsig has won more awards than you can shake a stick at, but are constantly striving for improvement. These wines have true provenance and authenticity; their roots are literally in the ancient soils around the Simonsberg Mountain.