Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2014

Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2014

The Cuvée Royale 2014 displays a light golden hue with a delicate mouse. Complex aromas of fresh white peach, citrus blossoms and biscotti entice the nose. An elegantly layered palate of lemon, apple and freshly baked biscuits. The beautiful acidity contributes to a Blanc de Blancs that will gracefully develop over time.

Lively inspiring wines like the Cuvée Royale should be enjoyed with light delicate foods such as fish, shellfish, crayfish, caviar or artichoke hearts. Fresh succulent oysters are compulsory. Or simply on its own just to celebrate a magical moment! Serve at 6 - 8°C. Do not over chill.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winemaker : Johan Malan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 12.5 % vol  rs : 4.9 g/l  pH : 3.38  ta : 7.7 g/l  
type : Cap_Classique  style : Dry  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

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 4 years, the Cuvée Royale has reached optimum maturity and can be enjoyed now. Careful cellaring will develop more depth of flavour and complexity.

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.

Style of Wine: Prestige cuvée Blanc de Blancs Cap Classique Brut.

in the vineyard : The 2014 vintage was quite a challenge, with heat waves in February and winter rain in March creating a juggling match of when and what to pick.
Nevertheless, the quality of the Chardonnay was outstanding with ripe luscious fruit and good acidity.

about the harvest: Besides being nerve-racking, this vintage tested our endurance as well, with the picking starting on the 23rd of January and only finishing 14th of April.

in the cellar : Only the best Chardonnay grapes grown on the finest Stellenbosch soils are hand selected to make this extraordinary Blanc de Blancs. Gentle whole bunch pressing yields only the finest cuvée. Primary fermentation took place in a stainless steel tank to ensure freshness and primary fruit. The wine is bottled to complete the second fermentation in the bottle and aged on the lees for a further 4 to 5 years.