BLANC DE BLANCS 2010

Wine of Origin:

Western Cape

Vintage conditions:

The 2010 harvest will be remembered for its erratic weather changes, which posed a challenge for winemakers and viticulturists alike. A cold, but late winter preceded the growing season providing much-needed rest to the vineyards.Budding was earlier than expected, which introduced an early start to the 2010 harvest. The mild weather until the end of February that characterized the season was favourable for slow ripening and the development of berry flavours. Above average rainfall was recorded during the growing season, resulting in increased disease pressure and lower vineyard yields.

Varietals:

100% Chardonnay

Maturation:

This MCC was matured on lees, in bottle, for approximately 36 months.

Wine making:

The grapes were hand harvested into bins in the cool of the morning. They were then whole-bunch pressed and only free-run juice was used for final blend. Select yeast was used for primary fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine was bottled where it then underwent the iconic MCC fermentation. This was followed by bottle maturation of approximately 36 months, and only then was it disgorged, corked and labelled.

Wine description:

This complex and indulgent MCC shows clarity of fruit on the nose. Hints of lime are accompanied by aromas of toasted bread and hazelnut. The palate is creamy, round and textured with an explosive acidity and lasting, elegant finish.

Serving suggestions:

Enjoy this bubbly well chilled and on its own, or with oysters, sushi and other delicate seafood dishes.