Needless to say, this rosé is so divine that before I knew it, the bottle was empty!
This unique name is a play on words inspired by the first white and red wines released by Simonsig – Chenin Blanc and Pinotage back in the late 1960s and early 70s. When deciding on a blend for this new wine, these two cultivars were the obvious choice.
Cellarmaster Michael Malan’s grandfather, Frans, released the first Chenin Blanc in 1968. The Pinotage followed two years later, and they’ve both been part of Simonsig’s award-winning portfolio ever since.
Of course, blending red and white grape varieties isn’t the traditional way of making rosé! Most are made from red grapes only. In combining Chenin Blanc and Pinotage for Needless to Say Rosé, however, has proven to be a match made in heaven.
The wine underscores Simonsig’s legacy of innovation that started with Frans Malan. Soon after bottling those two early wines, he also made South Africa’s first Cap Classique and for the task, he unconventionally used Chenin Blanc.
In crafting the new rosé, Michael Malan pursued the vision of a well-made wine. It had to be a worthy addition to carry the Simonsig name. Having carefully selected the best grapes, the wine was made, and a beautiful new story was ready to unfold.
The Simonsig Needless to Say Rosé shows the colour of a radiant, cotton-candy sunset. Its aromatic profile has wonderful aromas of strawberry sherbet, passion fruit and ripe pineapple with subtle notes of white blossoms. On the palate, a zesty tingle of acidity carries the fruit with a light, creamy texture. It makes for a balanced, elegant wine for all occasions.
It pairs well with seafood pasta, fresh salads with a salmon twist, various Thai food dishes and sushi, but is worthy of further exploration! The wine is suitable for vegans.
As a new permanent feature of Simonsig’s range, the wine joins the Cultivar Collection that comprises the Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc, Cape Fox Chardonnay, Jamala Gewürztraminer, Pick of the Bunch Pinotage and Mr Borio’s Shiraz.
It sells for R85 per bottle directly from Simonsig, at the tasting room and through the online shop, as well as at leading retailers countrywide.
To find out more, please visit www.simonsig.co.za or connect with @SimonsigWines on Facebook and Instagram.