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Meet the CoolVines Wine Geek! He’ll guide you toward – or away from! – wines that have a unique flavor profile: intentionally oxidized wines, earthy, stinky wines, wines with a bit of fritz on the tongue. Look for him throughout our web site, and on the shelves in our stores, to point the way toward these geeky wines.
Simonsig Chenin Blanc
Stellenbosch, South Africa
These grapes are hand picked to ensure freshness and ripeness, producing a straw colored beauty! The tropical nose is matched with hints of kiwi and green figs on the palate. Perfect for pairing with seafood dishes.
The name Simonsig. means “to see or have a view of the Simonsberg mountain”. Simonsig, one of South Africa’s most reputable wine estates, upholds a legendary status in pioneering wine excellence shaped by the Malan dynasty’s devotion to quality and innovative winemaking. Simonsig is a private family owned winery near Stellenbosch, owned by the Malan family.
Simonsig Wine Estate comprises 302 hectares with 210 hectares (518 acres) under vines. The ancient soil types consist of sandstone, decomposed granite and shale. All the vineyards receive supplementary irrigation. Simonsig is one of the very few wine estates that has its own bottling and labelling line on the farm.
The Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek valleys form the Cape Winelands, the larger of the two main wine growing regions in South Africa. The South African wine industry produces about 1,000,000,000 litres of wine annually. Stellenbosch is the primary location for viticulture and viticulture research. The region has a mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cool wet winters. Stellenbosch lies at the foot of the Cape Fold mountain range, which provides soil favourable to viticulture. Grapes grown in this area are mainly used for wine production, as opposed to table grapes.
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