90 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021
Always a reliably enjoyable, well-packed bubbly from the Simonsig team, this is a blend of three grapes – mostly Pinot Noir with 23% Pinotage and 2% Pinot Meunier. Pale, youthful and perfumed, with pepper and wild strawberry flavours and a creamy mousse. 2021-24
75% Pinot Noir | 23% Pinotage | 2% Pinot Meunier
One of the major influences on the 2019 harvest was the preceding winter which saw 70% more rainfall than the previous year – one recognised as among the driest in the history of the Cape Winelands. An unexpected warm spell in June 2018 saw temperatures rising to above 30°C, pushing the vineyards to uneven budding and patchy ripening as the berries gained sugar and colour. The uneven ripening posed a real challenge for the harvest teams. Fortunately, climatic conditions for the rest of the growing season was ideal for Cap Classique. Cooler summer temperatures during December and January resulted in slower ripening and grapes with exceptionally low pH’s, excellent acidity and finesse. A beautiful vintage for elegant Cap Classiques.
With a delightful light salmon colour, this vibrant Cap Classique has a beautifully fine and persistent mousse. Captivating aromas of raspberries and cranberries are elevated by subtle floral notes. On the palate, strawberry sherbet and red berries are followed by a hint of biscuity complexity. Crisp acidity contributes freshness and flair to this delicate Cap Classique Rosé.