Review: 2015 Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rose

I promise there are no typos in the headline to this review. “Kaapse Vonkel” is the name given to all of Simonsig’s sparkling wines, though I remain unclear as to what specifically the phrase refers. Made from 63% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinotage, and 2% Pinot Meunier, this is a lightly pink rose that’s exceedingly dry on the tongue. Notes of rhubarb and orange peel provide a lightly fruity element, but the finish is drying and slightly green, with hints of a bacony note. Though ultimately crisp and refreshing, it may lack enough body to excite some drinkers.

B+ / $17 /

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