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Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2017

Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2017

This Blanc de Blancs displays a light straw colour and exceptionally fine mousse. Refreshing aromas of lemon and lime flowers are complimented by layers of stone fruits, apples, and freshly baked bread. A delicate and precise palate accentuates these aromas and offers additional minerality and yeasty complexity. Beautiful acidity contributes extraordinary length to this prestige cuvee, making every occasion a special celebration.

Lively inspiring wines like the Cuvée Royale should be enjoyed with light delicate foods like fish, shellfish, crayfish, caviar or artichoke hearts. Fresh succulent oysters are compulsory. At the end of a meal Cuvée Royale will make an ideal partner for fresh desserts like fruit salad or sorbets. Or simply on its own just to celebrate a magic moment! Serve at 6 - 8°C. Do not over chill.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winemaker : Johan Malan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 12.3 % vol  rs : 3.16 g/l  pH : 3.18  ta : 6.4 g/l  
type : Cap_Classique  style : Dry  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

2017
2021 Veritas Awards - Double Gold

2014
2019 Veritas Wine Awards - Silver Outstanding

2013
2016 Veritas Wine Awards - Gold

2011
2016 Platter’s Guide: 4½ stars
2015 Veritas Awards Silver Medal
2015 IWSC: Silver Medal
2015 MCC Amorim Cap Classique Challenge: Gold Meda

2010
2014 Veritas Wine Awards - Gold Medal

2008
2013 Amorim MCC Challenge: Gold Medal – Highly Recommended
2014 Platter’s Guide: 4½ star

2007
2013 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Awards - Bronze
2013 Top 100 SA Wine Challenge
2012 Veritas Awards - Gold Medal
2012 Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge: Award for Best Blanc de blanc

2005
2012 The International Wine Review - scored 91 points
2010 Veritas - Double Gold
2011 Amorim Cork Cap Classique Challenge - Best Overal Winner, Best Blanc de Blanc
2011 Top 100 SA Wines Competition - Winner

2004
2009 Michelangelo Awards - Gold Medal
2009 Winemakers Choice Awards - Diamond Award

ageing : After maturing in our cellars for more than 3 years the Cuvée Royale has now reached good complexity and can be enjoyed now. However, this Blanc de Blancs will only gain in depth, flavour and complexity for several years come.

Frans Malan, the patriarch of the Malan family of Simonsig Wine Estate pioneered Méthode Champenoise in South Africa in 1971 when the first Kaapse Vonkel was made. For many years he was the only winemaker to do bottle fermented sparkling wine in the Cape. In 1990 Johan Malan travelled to Champagne on a study tour. He returned with a dream to make a Simonsig Prestige Cuvée from the finest and most delicate Chardonnay cuvées capable of long evolution to achieve the pinnacle of Cap Classique quality.

in the vineyard : The 2017 vintage was a challenging one that led to a smaller, but very promising harvest for the Stellenbosch region. The dry warm weather produced grapes with small berries with great fruit intensity. The cooler nights and warmer days during the ripening period resulted in grapes with excellent acidity, low pH and good fruit formation. An excellent Cap Classique vintage with exceptionally flavourful, yet elegant Chardonnay base wines.

about the harvest: Only the best Chardonnay grapes grown on the finest Stellenbosch soils are hand selected to make this extraordinary Blanc de Blancs.

in the cellar : 

Gentle whole bunch pressing yields only the finest cuvée. Primary fermentation took place in a stainless steel tank to ensure freshness and primary fruit. No malolactic fermentation is done. The wine is bottled to complete the second fermentation in the bottle and aged on the lees for at least 3 years.