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Simonsig Estate - Kaapse Vonkel

Simonsig Estate - Kaapse Vonkel

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Simonsig Estate - Kaapse Vonkel: A Pioneering South African Cap Classique

The Simonsig Estate Kaapse Vonkel is a landmark South African sparkling wine, holding the title of the country's first bottle produced in the traditional Méthode Traditionnelle. Pioneered by Frans Malan in 1977, this Cap Classique (South Africa's term for Méthode Traditionnelle) has become synonymous with quality and innovation.

Vineyard and Vinification:

The grapes for Kaapse Vonkel are meticulously sourced from select vineyards within the Stellenbosch region, renowned for its ideal climate for growing premium grapes. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the classic Champagne grapes, form the base of this sparkling wine. Following meticulous harvesting and whole-bunch pressing, the grapes undergo fermentation at cool temperatures to preserve the delicate fruit characters. The secondary fermentation, which creates the bubbles, occurs in the bottle according to the traditional Méthode Traditionnelle. The wine rests on the lees (spent yeast cells) for an extended period, allowing for the development of complex flavours and a creamy texture.

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: The Simonsig Estate Kaapse Vonkel boasts a beautiful pale gold colour with lively, persistent bubbles that rise in a mesmerising stream to the surface.

Aroma: On the nose, the wine opens with a burst of fresh, inviting aromas. White peach, crisp apple, and juicy pear take centre stage, interwoven with hints of citrus blossom, brioche, and a touch of minerality. As the wine opens up, subtle notes of honey and almond emerge, adding complexity to the bouquet.

Palate: The palate is greeted by a delightful mousse, fine and persistent, that caresses the tongue. The lively acidity cuts through the creamy texture, creating a wonderfully balanced and refreshing experience. The flavours from the nose translate beautifully, with white orchard fruits leading the charge. Hints of citrus zest and subtle yeasty notes add further intrigue. The finish is crisp, dry, and lingers pleasantly on the palate.

Food Pairing:

The Simonsig Estate Kaapse Vonkel's versatility makes it a fantastic choice for various food pairings.

  • Appetisers:  This Cap Classique pairs beautifully with a selection of light appetisers.  Canapés with smoked salmon or trout, goat cheese with fig jam, and fresh oysters are all excellent options.
  • Seafood: The wine's vibrant acidity and refreshing character make it a perfect complement to all kinds of seafood.  Try it with grilled prawns, pan-seared scallops, or creamy fish dishes.
  • Poultry:  Roast chicken or turkey with fresh herbs takes on a new dimension when paired with Kaapse Vonkel. The wine's bright acidity cuts through the richness of the poultry, while the creamy texture complements the flavour profile.
  • Salads: Lighter salads with grilled meats, such as steak or chicken salad, find a perfect match in Kaapse Vonkel. The wine's acidity enhances the flavours of the salad ingredients, while the bubbles add a touch of festivity.
  • Desserts: Venture beyond the expected and try Kaapse Vonkel with a selection of desserts.  Fruit tarts, crème brûlée, or even a decadent chocolate mousse can find harmony with this versatile Cap Classique.

Conclusion:

The Simonsig Estate Kaapse Vonkel is a true pioneer in the South African sparkling wine scene.  It offers a delightful and refreshing drinking experience, characterised by its fine bubbles, elegant fruit flavours, and well-balanced acidity.  With its versatility in food pairing, this Cap Classique is a superb choice for any celebration or simply to enjoy on its own.

 

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