In 1968, Simonsig founder Frans Malan released his debut wine, the Simonsig Chenin Blanc. This unique wine is the product of more than four decades of working with Chenin. To capture the full spectrum of Chenin Blanc, grapes from their oldest Chenin Vineyard (1986) were collected at four different stages of maturity. To enhance flavor complexity and structure, a part of the grapes was vinified using the carbonic maceration procedure. The different components spontaneously fermented in barrel before being aged for 11 months on the primary lees with regular batonage.
The color of the Simonsig Chenin Blanc is pale gold. Citrus bloom and lemon tart on the nose are complemented by layered stone fruits and almonds on the palate. The palate is coated in white peach, gooseberries, and dried fruits, with a hint of oak adding richness and spice. Fresh acidity and a long lingering finish characterize this wine.
This is a great gastronomic wine that pairs well with everything from simple grilled fish or chicken, to peppery ripe creamy cheeses such as Epoisse or Dalewood Winelands Camembert. Serve at 14–16°C to avoid overchilling.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.