Made from 100% Colombar from a 35 year old vineyard, River Dragon was hand harvested towards the end of February 2019 in the early hours of the morning at 19 degrees balling. The grapes were whole bunch pressed with a very low recovery rate of only 600 litres per ton – this ensures that no bitter tannins are extracted. Wild fermentation took place in old Acacia 500 litre barrels to enhance complexity. Secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle and the wine spent 12 months on the lees after which it was manually riddled and disgorged.
Total production – 2766 bottles.
Colour/appearance: Vibrant green hue – with a fine twirling bead of bubbles.
Nose: Vibrant aromas of chamomile blossom and thatch complimented by a subtle stone fruit palate.
Palate: Well balanced with an elegant structure, fine mousse which imparts a gentle explosion of bubbles on the palate and a long finish.
Silverthorn Wines is among only a handful of producers who have dedicated their expertise solely to the production of this elegant style of wine. They are a proud member of the Cap Classique Association, an independent organisation which collectively supports and markets Cap Classique wines, and of course a member of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild.
Silverthorn’s terroir, with its rocky, lime-rich, shale soils similar to the famous Champagne soils in France coupled with their mature Chardonnay vineyards ensure the time is ripe for Silverthorn’s grand entry into the world of sparkling wine.
Currently Silverthorn’s production stands at a total of 44,000 bottles, with steady, consistent growth on the horizon. Their primary aim is to continue to produce some of the finest South African sparkling wines, to build on their Platter 5*, Six Nations Wine Challenge – Wine Of The Show and Tim Atkin – Overall Sparkling Wine Of The Year.