With a philosophy of only releasing the very best expression of The Garland’s single-vineyard cabernet sauvignon site, Simonsig’s previous vintage release was the 2011. Enter 2015, which is considered one of the best, if not the greatest-ever vintage for South African wine, and most especially associated with producing long-lived cabernet sauvignon as well as Bordeaux-style blends.


The Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award for 2020 was awarded to Simonsig Estate’s, Johan Malan on Saturday night, 21 November 2020 held at the spectacular La Residence Hotel, in Franschhoek.


Simonsig Wine Estate shines a light on the excellence of older vintages with a month-long focus on the topic that includes a series of insightful talks pairing winemakers in conversation with esteemed South African wine professionals.


Top image: Winemakers Michael Malan, Johan Malan and Charl Schoeman

A handful of wines from the pioneering Stellenbosch winery of Simonsig have again been placed among South Africa’s best in an acclaimed annual report by UK-based wine journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin.


Love is in the air and what better way to celebrate than with a glass of Simonsig Cap Classique Rosé? Make use of our buy 5, get one free special – starts 1 February or come to our farm and treat your nearest and dearest to a fine selection of Valentine’s Day offerings below: 


Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch heads into harvest 2020 in conditions described as the best in the past five years. Although these are early days yet, since harvesting of Simonsig’s grapes began on 20 January, winemaker Michael Malan says even-ripening and healthy grape bunches are what he and the harvest teams are seeing at the moment.


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From left: Tommie Corbett, Simonsig farm manager, Christo Pienaar from the SA National Wine Show, Charl Schoeman, Simonsig winemaker, Debbie Thompson, cellarmaster


The latest release of Simonsig’s acclaimed Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs, the premier offering in this pioneering estate’s Cap Classique portfolio, has been released in spectacular new packaging accentuating the prestigious image and quality of this acclaimed sparkling wine. The Cuvée Royale 2014, made from Chardonnay grapes grown on the Stellenbosch estate, is characterised by an opulent and exuberant structure with bracing freshness, the result of this wine spending five years aging on the yeast in the bottle, as per the tradition of the great houses of Champagne.


With three wines rated 93 points and above and an array of wines rated 90pts and higher, Tim Atkin’s 2019 South Africa Special Report represents the ethos of Simonsig Estate. In his latest report Tim Atkin MW, accorded a 94pt score to Simonsig’s flagship Bordeaux-style blend Tiara 2015 with the estate’s acclaimed Redhill Pinotage 2017 and its Cuveé Royale MCC 2014 each scoring a commendable 93pts.


Top image: Simonsig winemakers

A brief chat with Charl Schoeman, the newly appointed white winemaker who is also responsible for the Cap Classique production at Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch, gives one a glimpse of the seldom mentioned logistical challenges in the winemaking process.