Top image caption: John and Erica Platter with the Frans Malan Legacy Trophy. They are flanked by, left, Francois-Jacques Malan and Francois Malan, respectively grandson and son of the late Frans Malan.
The much-anticipated second release of Simonsig’s icon wine, The Garland Cabernet Sauvignon, emphasises the features that have made 2009 one of the most lauded vintages in the Cape Winelands’ recent history.
Over a recent dinner with Johan Milan, co-owner and winemaker at Simonsig Wine Estate in South Africa’s renowned Stellenbosch wine region, just east of Cape Town, I tasted through the winery’s current portfolio and learned quite a bit about the history, future, and present day of their operation.
A single-vineyard Syrah from the Cape‘s cool 2008 vintage made on Simonsig Estate won one of the few Gold medals awarded at this year’s Syrah du Monde competition in France.
Three red wines in Simonsig Estate’s Malan Family Selection achieved places in this year’s prestigious Top 100 Wines Competition, including one wine adjudged Best in Class. Simonsig Frans Malan 2014, a blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot named after Simonsig’s founder, topped the Cape Blend Class.
Simonsig Estate’s flagship wine, The Garland Cabernet Sauvignon, garnered one of only two gold awards presented at the recent Wine Label Design Awards, sponsored by Rotolabel.
Afrikaans songstress Luna Paige will be performing a selection of her acclaimed songs at a picnic concert on the Simonsig Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, on Valentine’s Day, 14 February.
Lower than normal winter rainfall in the Western Cape coupled with hot, dry conditions in spring and early summer has led to Simonsig Estate commencing its earliest harvest season on record.