Simonsig Estate, creators of South Africa’s first Méthode Cap Classique more than 40 years ago, has released the Limited Release Pinot Noir Brut Rosé 2011, the third vintage of this popular no-added-sulphur Méthode Cap Classique, made exclusively for Woolworths.
The maiden 2009 vintage was the first Rosé Cap Classique with No Added SO2 in the country, showcasing the innovative spirit Simonsig still brings to the market. With a loyal following of bubbly lovers in search of a more innovative and health-driven style, Woolworths has a growing and successful range of red and sparkling wines with No Added SO2.
“This limited release is as delicious as it is health-friendly and extreme care is taken in the whole winemaking process to prevent oxidation and spoilage of the wine as no SO2 is added. It is a mouthful of freshness and finesse,” says Simonsig cellarmaster and MCC specialist Johan Malan, son of Frans Malan who gave South Africa its first bottle fermented sparkling wine back in 1971 – the iconic Kaapse Vonkel.
The Woolworths Limited Release Pinot Noir Brut Rosé 2011 comprises 100% Pinot noir grapes which lend the faintest salmon hue and an enticing nose of rose petals, luscious strawberries and vibrant red fruit.
“The beauty of this noble red grape variety lies in its ability to add full-bodied structure to the wine without losing its delicacy and finesse,” explains Johan.
The grapes where whole bunch pressed and then inoculated with a special Prise de Mousse yeast to start the primary fermentation. The yeast selection is critical as certain yeasts actually form sulphur dioxide in the wine which can be problematic when trying to make a sulphur-free wine.
The Woolworths Limited Release Pinot Noir Brut Rosé 2011 spent nine months on the lees to develop its mouth-filling roundness and well-balanced character. With a delicately fine mousse and an explosion of bubbles, it is ideal as an aperitif for summer entertaining. It also partners exceptionally well with crayfish thermidor, rich Thai dishes or decadent desserts.
The Woolworths Limited Release Pinot Noir Brut Rosé 2010 No Added SO2 retails at R89.95 per bottle at selected Woolworths stores countrywide.