Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2010

This Prestige Cuvée charms with delicate citrus blossom and lime aromas complemented byhints of roasted almonds and brioche. This wine is delectably dry, but crisp with a refreshing palate, whilst the super finemousse leaves a creamy caress on the tongue. This exquisite Cap Classique shows finesseand refined elegance that will turn any occasion into a celebration.

Should be enjoyed with light, delicate foods - fresh oysters, shellfish, crayfish, caviar or artichoke hearts. With dessert, a fresh fruit salad or sorbet. Or simply enjoy on its own!

variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winemaker : Johan Malan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 12.29 % vol  rs : 2.4 g/l  pH : 3.29  ta : 7.40 g/l  
type : Sparkling  style : Dry  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

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

Frans Malan, the founder of Simonsig, was the first producer of Méthode Champenoise in South Africa when he pioneered Méthode Cap Classique in 1971. For many years he was the only winemaker to produce bottle fermented sparkling wine in the Cape. In 1990 Johan Malan, Frans Malan’s son, travelled to Champagne on a study tour and returned with dreams of making 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 : 
Vintage Description
Only the best Chardonnay cuvées grown on the finest Stellenbosch soils are hand selected to make this extraordinary Blanc de Blanc.

The 2010 vintage will be remembered as the smallest vintage in many years. Although it was not a vintage of quantity it most definitely was one of quality and concentrated fruit. Chardonnay was one of the worst affected varieties with yields down by as much as 47% in one of our prime vineyards. Much more natural fermentation occurred this year and fermentation temperatures were allowed to go into the high 20’s to increase mouthfeel.

in the cellar : Gentle whole bunch pressing yields only the finest cuvée. Primary fermentation took place in tank to ensure freshness and primary fruit. 35% was fermented in older seasoned French oak barrels. After six months the Chardonnay developed delicious depth and complexity with minimal oak flavours. Blending is followed by bottling and secondary bottle fermentation with an extended period of 3 years plus on the lees.

Chardonnay is a noble variety that lends the desired delicacy and finesse to the cuvée. As it develops very slowly in the bottle, our Cuvée Royale spends at least five years on the lees in the cool, climate controlled cellar before release.

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