Non Vintage (N.V)
All grapes used in this Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wine originate from Franschhoek. The Pinot Noir vines grow in sandy Tukulu soils on the banks of the Franschhoek River and the Chardonnay grapes on the granite slopes of the Franschhoek Mountain. Extremely low yielding vineyards at 4.5 tonnes / ha.
Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were hand harvested at 18º Balling and 20º Balling respectively into small crates and carefully transported to the cellar.
Fermentation of 30% off the blend took place in older small French oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel tanks, using a noble yeast namely CE 1118. The must was fermented between 14 – 17 ºC and the lees was stirred up daily for three months and then twice every week for 3 months thereafter. Barrel maturation took place for 6 months before being blended for bottling. During and after the second fermentation in bottle the wine spent 13 months on the lees in bottle before it was de-gorged and released.
The very appealing light salmony pink Méthode Cap Classique consists of a perfect blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A delicate expression on the nose of citrus notes and hints of red berries. On the palate, crisp freshness combines seamlessly with classic richness and finishes with finesse. Fine continuous mousse kisses the palate and lifts the wine to a long elegant finish.
Already accessible, this wine has a great aging potential for up to 5 years from harvest.
Oysters, salmon dishes, pavlova filled with berries sushi and on its own.
Sugar: 9.3 g/l
TA: 6.2 g/l