100% Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa.
SRP of $12 and available for as low as $10. 28,000 cases produced. Sample submitted for review. Imported by Quintessential Wines.
From the bottle:
“Named after the awe-inspiring views of the Simonsberg Mountain, Simonsig is a legendary landmark of the Cape Winelands. Since 1688 the Malan family have upheld a passionate commitment to innovation and excellence. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic and quintessential terroir flawlessly intertwine to create world class, award-winning wines.
Aromas of sunripened yellow apples and pears. Tactile, subtle, sweet dried apricots and honey are perfectly balanced by a subtle mineral finish.
We’ve long been fans of Chenin Blanc here at The Reverse Wine Snob and often make the case for Chardonnay drinkers to make the switch (see “Goodbye Chardonnay, Hello Chenin Blanc“and “A Natural Beauty“.) We’re also big fans of the value that can be found in this variety in South Africa and today we have another great example.
The 2012 Simonsig Chenin Blanc begins with pleasant aromas of guava, pear, apple and apricot. Tasting the wine reveals more delicious fruit, similar to those found on the nose except that they all come with a tinge of honey on them in the mouth. Medium-bodied with good acidity, the wine also has a nice chalky texture that comes out on the long, smooth finish. Quite tasty!
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