Simonsig Estate was the first cellar in South Africa to release a Gewürztraminer. Simonsig has a long history of success, having been planted in 1973. Because of its small bunches and low yield, this cultivar is famously difficult to grow, with only 122 hectares in South Africa. Tramin is a town in the Trentino Alto Adige area of Northern Italy, and Gewürz means spice in German.
The color of this sunny wine is a vivid golden straw color. The Simonsig Gewürztraminer is made with 100% Gewürztraminer grapes, and has an ABV of 13.02%. White Turkish delight and rose petals are attractive notes on the nose. White roses, fresh lychee, and luscious tropical fruits are prominent aromas. On the palate, succulent aromas of lychee and pear nectar mingle, contributing to this sophisticated late harvest wine’s complexity. The balance of acidity and diverse fruit ingredients provides a synergy of lingering fruit notes.
On a hot summer day, serve chilled as a sundowner. A spicy Indian or Durban curry pairs well with this nicely balanced Gewürztraminer. It’s the ideal complement to spicy Thai food or any other spicy dish. Don’t forget about the smoked cheeses and Cape Malay boboties.
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.