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Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Johan Malan
Main Variety
Chenin Blanc
Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol
13.7 %vol
pH
3.3
RS
4.2 g/l
TA
6.2 g/l
Characteristics
Type
White
Style
Dry
Body
Full
Taste
Fruity

Accolades

 

2016
2016 Veritas Wine Awards: Gold

2015
2016 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles:  Silver Medal
2016 Platter’s Guide:  3½ stars
2015 Veritas:  Gold Medal
2015 IWSC:  Gold
2015 Mundus Vini Competition:  Gold Medal
2014
2015 Decanter Wine Awards: Silver Medal
2015 Platter’s Guide: 3½ Stars
2014 Veritas Wine Awards : Double Gold
2014 Mundis Vini Wine Competition : Gold
2013
2013 Veritas: Silver Medal
2012
2012 Veritas Awards : Gold Medal
2012 Wine Advocate : 90 Points
2012 Best Value Guide: 3½ stars
2012 Chenin Blanc Classic Top 10: 2½ stars
2012 John Platter Wine Guide: 3 stars
2012 SAA: 750ml: Premium Class
2012 SAA: 187ml: Economy Class
2011
2011 Veritas: Silver Medal
2011 Platter’s Guide: 3 stars
2011 Wine Magazine Best Value Awards : 3 Stars
2010
2010 Veritas: Gold Medal
2009
2009 Michelangelo Awards: Gold Medal
2009 John Platter : Superquaffer of the Year Award – most drinkable, best value-for-money wine of 2009
2008
2008 Veritas: Silver Medal


Tasting Notes

The wine displays a light straw colour. The 2016 Chenin blanc screams tropical fruit in a glass. An array of white pear and melon with an undertone of quava.The synergy between the acid and the fruit makes this wine a super quaffer. An unpretentious wine that over delivers on the nose and palate, stating itself as an any occasion companion.


Ageing Potential

Early drinking style, at its best within two years from vintage date.


Blend Information

100% Chenin Blanc

Food Suggestions

Beetroot and Citrus salad with goat’s cheese. Steamed mussels with a garlic cream sauce. Whole chicken on the fire with root vegetables and if all else fails just on its own for pure enjoyment.


In The Vineyard

It was a challenging, early and very dry harvest. Water supplies had a great impact on the 2016 harvest, especially where vineyards were not buffered against the heat. However, the dry conditions led to the vineyards and grapes being very healthy overall. Most other regions especially the Swartland produced significant smaller crops, but at Simonsig Estate we produced 2% more than 2015. The Chenin blanc grapes were in a pristine condition. It was quite a challenge picking the various blocks on time, before the sugar levels sky rocketed. We were able to produce beautiful building blocks with   an abundance of fruit and depth. I will just say “Watch this space”


About The Harvest

Grapes are handpicked.


In The Cellar

The grapes are crushed and some lots are given overnight skin contact. Juice is cold settled to brilliant clarity and inoculated with selected yeast strains well known for producing very fruity wines. Fermentation temperature is kept between 12-14°C to ensure a nice slow fermentation and optimal fruit flavour production.


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Additional Information

Simonsig Chenin Blanc was the first wine released by founder Frans Malan in 1968. This versatile varietal appeals with fresh fruit flavours and is reaching new levels of popularity worldwide.

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