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Pieter Ferreira ‘Birdsong’ Extra Brut 2018


Chardonnay 61%
Pinot Noir 39%

This wine shows the classical Méthode Cap Classique varietal combination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Sourced from vineyards in the Cape winelands planted especially suited to the crafting of this traditional style of bottle-fermented sparkling wine. Selecting fruit from diverse terroirs allows Pieter to compose a symphony of flavours and a multi-faceted structure in one complete wine.

The Chardonnay vineyards are set in the Robertson and Darling regions, the former renowned for its limestone-rich soils, while Darling shows a unique geographical fingerprint of decomposed granite soils found on the edge of the cold Atlantic Ocean.

Following a few dry years in the Cape winelands, the 2018 vintage produced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of immense varietal character, harnessed in a veil of elegance and charm. This vintage offers a fine balance between ripe fruit expression and nuanced restraint. Both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were hand- selected in the vineyard and harvested manually. After whole bunch pressing with the separation of cuvée from the taille, the clear juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 16 ̊C. Only cuvée – the optimal selection – juice is used for fermentation. After the first fermentation, the wine was blended and prepared for secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine remains on the lees for 54 months before the riddling regime and disgorging.

A refined, light golden straw colour with a fine and energetic mousse exuding great complexity in aromas. The entry on the palate is pronounced, with rich yeasty tones leading to layered, bright lime zest and fresh citrus reams, characteristic of the Chardonnay variety. This is harnessed with Pinot Noir’s berry-clad sumptuousness and sweet-sour cherry fruit. Extended lees-aging ensures life-affirming vigour on the palate with a regal creaminess and clean finish.

Alcohol: 11.93%vol
RS: 3.4g/l – Extra Brut
TA: 6.68g/l
pH: 3.12

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Pieter is chairman of the Cap Classique Producers Association and both he and Ann have always been passionate about bubbly. Pieter has been instrumental at Graham Beck for decades and his dedication and craftsmanship has seen him reap countless high profile awards both locally and abroad.

The first vintage of Pieter Ferreira Cap Classique was released in 2019.








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