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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 1999


The South African Sommelier Association is set to become a significant force when it comes to shaping the debate around fine wine in South Africa if its monthly tastings are anything to go by – I signed up as a “Wine Enthusiast” member earlier in the … [Read more...]

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2012


That Kaapse Vonkel from Simonsig in Stellenbosch benefits from a bit of bottle maturation is evidenced by the 2007 vintage being judged best museum class entry at this year’s Amorim Tsogo Sun Cap Classique Challenge. The recently released 2012 (R95 … [Read more...]

Simonsig Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc 2013


The 2012 vintage of Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc from Simonsig placed among the winners of the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Awards Top 10 as well as winning double gold at Veritas and the 2013 vintage has just been released at R65 a bottle. Whereas the 2012 was a … [Read more...]

Simonsig Mr Borio’s Shiraz 2011


Mr Borio’s Shiraz from Simonsig in Stellenbosch has always offered bang for your buck and the 2011 vintage at R70 a bottle doesn’t disappoint. On the nose, red and black fruit, some pepper and a slight coffee note. The palate shows good fruit … [Read more...]

Simonsig Woolworths Exclusive Selection Pinot Noir Rosé 2011

Strawberry fields forever.

What makes Simonsig Woolworths Exclusive Selection Pinot Noir Rosé (previously labelled “Limited Release”) notable is that it has no added sulphur (R89.95 a bottle). I’ve found previous vintages have shown too much oxidative character but the 2011 … [Read more...]

Amorim Cap Classique Challenge 2012 results


The results of the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge 2012 results were announced earlier today. My scores and tasting notes were as follows: Best Rosé J.C. Le Roux Pinot Noir 2008 Score: 15.5/20 Pale pink in colour. Vague red fruit note on nose … [Read more...]