Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2020

By , 9 February 2024

On 2 February, South Africa celebrated its 365th anniversary of winemaking and Stellenbosch Wine Routes were kind enough to send a bottle of Cap Classique, specifically Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2020 to mark the occasion.

Maiden vintage having been 1971, this is famously the country’s first ever Cap Classique. What to expect from its modern iteration?

The 2020 is a blend of 51% Chardonnay, 47% Pinot Noir and 2% Pinot Meunier. A portion of the Chardonnay is fermented in older oak while the wine is matured on the lees for at least 20 months before disgorgement.

The nose shows peach, nectarine, a hint of raspberry and biscuit while the palate is light-bodied and super-fresh with a fine mousse, the finish nicely dry. It’s uncomplicated but pleasing drinking, competitively priced at R190 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 89/100.

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