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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

It was a wet, rather chilly July day in Stellenbosch. We could hear the incessant rain descending from leaden skies, drumming against the roof of the Klein Zalze function room. Normally, I’d find this rather English weather rather depressing while I’m in South Africa (even if it is the South African winter, so it’s forgivable). But this time I didn’t really mind: I was here to do a job, and not a bad one at that. I was judging South Africa’s best Chenin Blancs.

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In Dawn Coventry's glass

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut NV: Well, if I had to sum this wine up in one word it would be WOW! As a huge fan of fizz my expectations were high and if I am honest, I was expecting to be disappointed. How wrong could I be - this wine is one of the BEST I have tasted and at a fraction of the price. A MAJOR thumbs up from me!

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