A classic blend of Chardonnay (75%) contributing fruit and elegance and Pinot Noir (25%) for complexity and length of flavour. Light yeasty aromas and tones of citrus, fresh picked red apples with a rich creamy complexity and cherries on the palate. The exceptionally fine mousse contributes freshness and finesse.
The fruit was selected from 2 vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley. Each site contributes a different flavour profile to the final blend as it grows in diverse soil types and slopes.
The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were harvested on the same day and chilled overnight in a cold room. All the fruit is handpicked in the early morning and handled reductively to preserve the integrity of the fruit. A light whole bunch pressing according to the traditional champagne method is followed by 2 days of cold settling to clarify the juice. The juice is inoculated with selected Champagne yeast to enhance freshness and elegance in the basewine. 12 Months of full lees contact is allowed post fermentation to add richness and texture to the wine.
After 12 months in tank the basewine is stabilized and bottled for second fermentation under crown cap. This wine spent 16 months in bottle before disgorging.
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