26 August 2007

Simonsig Keeps Fizzing

Just look at the fizz in that glass!

That bottle was was one of a case opened two days previously, on Wednesday, for a tasting I was giving. About two thirds was left so we stuck a cork in the neck, brought it home and stuck it in the fridge. Friday we opened it to pour a pre-dinner glass glass and recorked it. I expected it would have gone flat by Saturday, but no -- and there's the proof.

Simonsig were the first South Africa winery to make a methode champenoise sparkler, thirty five years ago, and their expertise shows.

This is a super summer fizz; beautiful bright pale salmon pink colour containing billions of tiny bubbles. It is a vintage Brut but has a sweet mouthfeel from the Pinotage - yup it is 95% Pinotage with 5% Pinot Noir. Indeed, as a regular Brut Champagne quaffer, I found it a tad too sweet when not chilled right down, but this proved to be a real crowd pleaser. The only reason there was any left after the tasting was because some people asked for small measure since they were driving.

Name: Simonsig Brut Rosé
Price: UK £11.95
Alc: 12.5%
WO: WO Stellenbosch
Vintage: 2005

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