The vibrant and fresh salmon pink coloured bubbles is coated with strawberry, cherry and rose-water allure infused with watermelon and grapefruit. The red berry flavours attached to the fine elegant bubbles explode on the pallet and finish with a rich creamy aftertaste.
Cap Classique Brut Rose 2017
The preceding two winters has been the driest in recorded history on Lourensford Estate. However, due to enough cold weather during winter the vines did go into proper dormancy with budding that occurred normally. We did not have the usual severe South Easter winds at the start of summer. This resulted in very good and even budding and flowering of the vines. We also experienced one of the coolest and driest summers in history with moderate temperatures and cool nights that resulted in slow and even ripening. With good canopy management and perfect ripening conditions we managed to bring the grapes in at just the desired time. This resulted in refined wines with elegance, good natural acidity with depth and structure.
The harvest dates were 20 – 27st January 2017.
In The Vineyard
Altitude: 100-150m above sea level and next to the Lourens River.
Age of vines: 10-14 years
Rootstock: 101-14 Mgt
Clones: PN52, CY76
Slopes: Situated on the valley floor
Row direction: East-West
Soil type: Varying soil types including high potential soil of Sweetwater and Tukulu
Alcohol: 12.5 vol %
Total acid: 6.5 g/l
RS: 5.1 g/l
Closure: Hand selected quality cork with wire hood
Cultivar: 59% Pinot noir, 41% Chardonnay
Age and lees: The wine spent a 6 months in tank on its primary lees before it was sweetened again and inoculated for the fermentation in bottle. 13.2% of the wine was transferred to 205 liter second fill and older French oak barrels halfway through fermentation and aged for 5 months. The wine spent 32 months on its lees in bottle before it was riddled and disgorged on the 20th of February 2020.
This vintage can be enjoyed up to 2025, but will reach its best drinking potential towards the end 2021 onwards.
A perfect aperitif for any occasion. Pairs well with rich, creamy soups and dishes with an inherent ‘toasty’ character. Will also go well with seafood based canapes and all ways of prepared chicken. Mushroom based dishes and nuts will also be complemented by this wine. Fresh strawberries or ripe raspberries with a dash of cream will be the perfect dessert when you have this Cap Classique in your glass. Serve this wine between 12 and 14C.