Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2015


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The 2015 vintage was one for the record books. It was the earliest harvest in decades, with warmer weather in August causing earlier bud break, after which a warm, dry summer accelerated ripening by approximately two weeks. The dry weather also led to a very healthy vintage, delivering grapes with beautiful layers of fruit. The grapes were handpicked, crushed and some lots given overnight skin contact. The juice was cold settled to brilliant clarity and inoculated with a South African yeast strain well known for producing very fruity wines. Sur lie ageing was conducted to enhance the flavor development and better mouthfeel.
Category White Wine
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Brand Simonsig
Alcohol/vol 13.7%
  • wa87

Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Chenin Blanc, a label that debuted as "Steen" in 1968 and continues to be their biggest selling wine, is made from estate and out-sourced grapes within a 1.5 kilometer radius. It has plenty of fruit on the nose with tropical tones - pear, fresh apple and a touch of nectarine. The palate is fresh and crisp with green apple and fresh pear, and a nice line of acidity with a pretty, slightly peachy finish. This is a simple but delicious Chenin at a very reasonable price.

Neal Martin, November 2015
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Wine SpectatorOffers a juicy feel, with bright peach and yellow apple fruit, lined with a light fennel edge. Plump, offering a fresh finish. Drink now. 28,000 cases made.

James Molesworth, December 31, 2015

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