Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2012
By Christian Eedes, 6 November 2013
That Kaapse Vonkel from Simonsig in Stellenbosch benefits from a bit of bottle maturation is evidenced by the 2007 vintage being judged best museum class entry at this year’s Amorim Tsogo Sun Cap Classique Challenge.
The recently released 2012 (R95 a bottle) appears extraordinarily primary right now – lightly fruity with a subtle yeasty character, bright acidity and a mousse that’s ENO-like it’s so energetic. 50% Pinot Noir (portions from Darling and Elgin), 46% Chardonnay and 4% Pinot Meunier, 16 months on the lees, total production 260 000 litres.