It’s no secret that Simonsig has a long history with Chenin. The first having been bottled under the Simonsig label in 1968 – then still widely referred to as Steen. Today we continue the legacy of producing world-class Chenin. Here our winemaking team share why they’ll be raising a glass to this much-loved varietal this #DrinkChenin Day.
Johan Malan – Head of Production
- Simonsig Chenin has already been bottled continuously for more than 50 years and is probably one of the oldest wine labels in South Africa.
- Simonsig Chenin blanc is still proudly Wine of Origin Stellenbosch – and Stellenbosch is definitely THE region with the most top-quality wines in South Africa.
- Our Chenin comes from weathered shale soils with a high clay content that delivers wines with very intense aromatic fruit flavours, ripe pears, Golden Delicious apples as well as guavas and
- The vineyards in Stellenbosch have lower yields of about 6 to 8 tonnes per hectare resulting in wines that are more concentrated in flavour.
- Our Chenin can age very well, because the Chenin avec Chêne and Simonsig Chenin blanc can easily age from 4 to 10 years. The older Chenins are beautiful with very good complexity and silky texture.
- The Chenin avec Chêne is a “gastronomical wine” that is works very well with food. My absolute favourite wine with cheese – especially a well ripened creamy French type such as Dalewood Winelands Camembert or Languedoc – besides other well-known French cheeses such as Epoisse or the delicious Reblochon of Pont l’ Eveque.
Charl Schoeman – MCC and white winemaker
- It has always been seen as an underdog and has been underappreciated most it’s “life”, however it has really made an uproar in the wine world in recent years.
- I love it because of its versatility in terms of style, food pairing and occasion to enjoy.
Michael Malan – Red winemaker
- It is a very versatile grape and can be made into various styles namely unwooded, wooded, dry, semi – sweet, noble late harvest, sparkling… you name it! And all of them are delicious.
- Simonsig and South Africa has a long history with the grape.
- It can also show you a sense of place and terroir. It is a cultivar that can express a specific vineyard quite beautifully.
To find out what cellar master Debbie Thompson has to say, join us at the next complimentary Ask the Winemaker tasting taking place on Friday, 14 June from 2pm – 4pm where she will be opening a few Chenin avec Chêne vintages and talking you through the wines.
Don’t forget to make use of our exclusive Tasting Room offers only valid for the month of June:
- FREE shipping on all Chenin blanc cases purchased online or directly from our Tasting Room.
- A special Chenin blanc tasting highlighting the versatility of this varietal.
- Visit us on #DrinkChenin Day, 15 June and we’ll throw in a complimentary glass of Chenin blanc!
Long live Chenin.