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Simonsig 'Kaapse Vonkel' Cap Classique Brut Rose, South Africa

Simonsig 'Kaapse Vonkel' Cap Classique Brut Rose, South Africa

"Blushing Bubbles: The Radiance of Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé"

An Ode to Innovation and Tradition

Nestled in the lush Stellenbosch region of South Africa's Western Cape, Simonsig Wine Estate is a beacon of viticultural innovation and familial legacy. Established by Frans Malan in 1964, the estate is renowned for pioneering the first Méthode Cap Classique, South Africa's answer to traditional Champagne, with the launch of the Kaapse Vonkel Brut in 1971. Today, under the watchful eyes of his descendants, Simonsig continues to enchant the world with its diverse portfolio, among which the Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé shines brightly as a testament to the estate's enduring spirit of creativity and excellence.

Crafting Elegance: The Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé

In 2004, Johan Malan, inspired by a vision to blend tradition with innovation, introduced the Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé. This exquisite Cap Classique is a harmonious blend of 75% Pinot Noir, 23% Pinotage, and 2% Pinot Meunier, each varietal contributing to the depth, complexity, and vibrancy of this sparkling rosé.

Vintage 2019: A Testament to Resilience

The 2019 vintage emerged from a season of contrasts, marked by a winter that delivered 70% more rainfall than its arid predecessor and a challenging warm spell in June 2018. Despite early adversities, the cooler temperatures during the ripening months sculpted a vintage of exceptional finesse, ideal for producing elegant Cap Classiques. The result is a sparkling rosé celebrated for its low pH, excellent acidity, and delicate balance.

Vinification: A Meticulous Process

The journey of the Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé from vine to glass is meticulous. Handpicked grapes are gently pressed to extract the purest cuvée and fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The cuvées are blended with precision, creating a refined and fruity base for secondary fermentation in the bottle. After at least 15 months of maturation in the estate's cool cellars, the sparkling rosé is disgorged, adding the final touches to a masterpiece of bubbly elegance.

Wine Description: A Palette of Sensory Delights

The Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé greets the eye with a light salmon hue, promising a sensory journey of elegance and excitement. Its okay, persistent mousse leads to captivating aromas of raspberries and cranberries, lifted by a subtle floral undertone. The palate is a dance of strawberry sherbet and red berries intertwined with a hint of biscuity complexity. The crisp acidity ensures a refreshing and stylish finish, making every sip a celebration.

Cellaring and Serving Suggestions

This Cap Classique is a vibrant companion in its youth, where the primary grape aromas dazzle the senses. It is a sublime match for seafood, particularly the West Coast Rock Lobster, and shines alongside fresh berries or light desserts. For optimal enjoyment, serve chilled between 6-8°C.

A Toast to Heritage and Harmony

Simonsig's Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé is not just a sparkling wine; it reflects a family's dedication to their craft, the resilience of the South African terroir, and the spirit of innovation that drives the estate forward. With each bottle, Simonsig invites you to partake in a tradition that sparkles with the promise of quality, elegance, and the joyous celebration of life's finest moments.


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