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Pieter Ferreira ‘Blanc de Blancs’ 2015


VINEYARD & SOILS: The Chardonnay grapes were selected from various vineyard sites in the Robertson region, an area renowned for having the highest limestone content of any vineyard soils in the Cape Winelands. These sites comprise soils of weathered shale with rich calcerous deposits, the limestone allowing an ideal foundation for growing grapes with the acidic backbone and chemical composition required for the making of Cap Classique base wine.
WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY/VINIFICATION & WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS: The Cape Winelands 2015 vintage is a brilliant vintage – known as a ‘rockstar’ year for wine – due to mild, temperate conditions during the growing season which allowed for even-ripening of grapes. This results are seen in this Blanc de Blancs release which is led by a bright, fresh acidity and complete balance, offering a nuance of ripe citrus fruit and a classic restrained elegance elevated with an energetic mousse. The Chardonnay was bunch-selected and hand-picked. After whole-bunch pressing of grapes with the separation of cuvée from the taille, the clear juice was mainly fermented in stainless steel with a slight portion fermented in traditional barrels from Tonnellerie Artisanale de Champagne (Pièce Champenoise). Once the primary fermentation was complete, the wine was prepared for secondary fermentation in the bottle. Here the wine was left on the lees for 72 months before the sediment was removed in the traditional process of remuage and dégorgement. The bottles were then corked and laid down for a further six months cork maturation.
TASTING NOTES: An evocative light straw colour with an eye- catching flirtatious mousse. The nose shows vivacious lemon and lime aromas, with a maritime layer of oyster-shell. On the palate the wine has delicate yeasty tones layered with green lime zest, citrus and brioche, all enlivened with a firm, well integrated mousse and a persistent bead. Great vibrant mouth- feel with toasty notes, citrus, honey and tropical nuances ending in a bright long lingering finish.

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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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