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CAP CLASSIQUE SPECIALIST

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BLANC DE BLANCS

Chardonnay Extra Brut

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2012

Alcohol:        12.22%vol
RS:                 3.86g/l – Extra Brut
TA:                 6.55g/l
pH:                3.03

VINEYARD AND SOILS


The Chardonnay was selected from various sites from Darling and Robertson regions. A combination of sites consisting of decomposed granite and weathered shale with rich limestone deposits.


WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY & WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS


The 2012 vintage has been one of the greatest vintages to date and this maiden release offers wonderful balance, ripe fruit and restraint. The Chardonnay were hand-selected and hand-picked. After whole bunch pressing with the separation of cuvee from the taille the clear juice was mainly fermented in stainless steel with a portion fermented in traditional barrels from Tonnellerie Artisinale. After the first fermentation, the wine was prepared for secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine was left on the lees for 5 years 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


A refined, light straw colour with a fine beady mousse. Delicate yeasty tones, layered with green lime zest, citrus and brioche. Enlivened with a firm, well integrated mousse and a persistent bead with a firm, well integrated mousse. Great vibrant mouth-feel with toasty notes, citrus, honey and tropical nuances with a bright long lingering finish.

BDB 2012

BLANC DE BLANCS

Chardonnay Extra Brut

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2013

Alcohol:        12.22%vol
RS:                 3.86g/l – Extra Brut
TA:                 7.24g/l
pH:                3.20

VINEYARD AND SOILS


Chardonnay grapes were selected from sites in the Cape’s Darling and Robertson regions, areas specifically chosen for their superior varietal expression in Cap Classique wines. The vineyards are grown on decomposed granite and weathered shale, with rich limestone deposits ensuring a terroir-driven approach to winemaking.


WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY & WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS


The 2013 vintage is a brilliant follow-on from the maiden 2012 release. The current vintage offers a precise balance of ripe, vivid fruit expression and restrained elegance. The Chardonnay grapes were hand-picked, each bunch undergoing a thorough and stringent selection process. After whole- bunch pressing and the separating of the cuvée from the taille, the clear juice was fermented in stainless steel, a small portion undergoing fermentation in traditional barrels from Tonnellerie Artisanale de Champagne. After the initial fermentation the wine was prepared for secondary fermentation in the bottle. Here the wine was allowed to live on the lees for six years before the sediment was removed through the traditional process of remuage and dégorgement. The bottles were then corked and laid down for a further six months cork maturation.


TASTING NOTES


A refined, light straw colour with a fine beady mousse. Delicate yeasty tones, layered with green lime zest, citrus and brioche. Enlivened with a firm, well integrated mousse and a persistent bead. Great vibrant mouth-feel with toasty notes, citrus, honey and tropical nuances with a bright long lingering finish.

BDB 2013
BDB 2015

BLANC DE BLANCS

Chardonnay Extra Brut

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2015

Alcohol:        12.59%vol
RS:                 3.12g/l – Extra Brut
TA:                 7.12g/l
pH:                3.17

VINEYARD AND 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 calcareous 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 & 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.


For a wine offering a bright fresh acidity between the layers of structured complexity. This Rosé offers wonderful balance, energetic freshness meeting ripe fruit and berry- perfume, all cloaked in elegance and restraint. Only the best Pinot Noir grapes were selected and then hand-picked. Prior to pressing, the whole bunches were allowed a brief, fleeting period of enzymatic colour extraction to draw sufficient natural colour from the red skins. The whole-bunches were gently pressed, with the separation of cuvée from the taille after which the clear juice was fermented in stainless steel. After the first fermentation, the wine was prepared for secondary fermentation in the bottle. 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.

BLANC DE BLANCS

Chardonnay Extra Brut

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2016

Alcohol:        11.99%vol
RS:                 4.6g/l – Extra Brut
TA:                 5.9g/l
pH:                3.28

VINEYARDS & SOILS

 

The Chardonnay was selected from various vineyard blocks in the famous Robertson wine region, some 160km east of Cape Town. Here the region’s unique soils of weathered shale rich limestone deposits have ensured Robertson’s status as South Africa’s leading region for the growing of Cap Classique grapes.


WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY & WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS

 

In the quest for optimum terroir expression of the Cape Winelands, Chardonnay grapes for this Blanc de Blancs are sourced from a diversity of sites located in a spectrum of spectacular pockets of the Western Cape’s geography. Grapes are hand-picked whereafter each bunch undergoes a thorough selection process ensuring only the finest and healthiest fruit is approved to partake in the magical journey of Cap Classique crafting. Whole-bunch press separates the cuvée from the taille, with only the pure, unblemished cuvée portion used to further the process. After settling, most of the beautiful clear juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks, with a small portion set aside to undergo fermentation in traditional French oak barrels from Tonnellerie Artisanale de Champagne (Pièce Champenoise). This oaked component offers complexity and depth, as well as the focus point required to establish the wine’s exceptional status. The various individual parcels are then selected through a rigorous tasting process to choose individual sections for the Blanc de Blancs. After the initial fermentation, the wine is prepared for secondary fermentation in the bottle. Here the wine is allowed to live on the lees for six years, drawing structure, palate-weight and, of course, creating the millions of magical bubbles. The sediment is removed through the traditional process of remuage and dégorgement, after which the bottles are corked and laid down for six months cork maturation.


TASTING NOTES

In the glass, the wine smiles at the eye with an enchanting luminous straw yellow colour, enlivened by a fine beady mousse. The experience on the palate is a display of classic yeasty tones beneath an ocean of fine bubbles, these being layered with flavours of lime pith, citrus peel and green almond, the wine finishing on a comforting brioche note. The experience is memorable, a Cap Classique focus and precision with a firm, well integrated mousse and persistent bead - the universal lifeblood of a great bottle-fermented sparkling wine.

BDB 2016

EXTRA BRUT 2016

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2016

Alcohol:        11.93%vol
RS:                 3.6g/l – Extra Brut
TA:                 6.68g/l
pH:                3.22

VINEYARD AND SOILS


The Chardonnay was selected from various two sites from Robertson and the vineyards are grown on weathered shale, with rich limestone deposits ensuring a terroir-driven approach to winemaking. Pinot Noir was selected from two different geographical climates, Elgin and Paarl regions, with a combination of decomposing granite and Table Mountain Sandstone.


WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY & WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS


This vintage 2016, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir was from an elegant vintage. This release offers wonderful balance, ripe fruit and restraint. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were hand-selected and hand-picked. After whole bunch pressing with the separation of cuvee from the taille the clear juice was all fermented in stainless steel at 16 ˚C. After the first fermentation, the wine was blended and prepared for secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine was currently still on the lees (now 54 months) and is ready for remuage and dégorgement. Once this process is complete a short cork maturation will be considered.


TASTING NOTES


A refined, light golden straw colour with a fine beady mousse. Pronounced and rich yeasty tones, layered with bright cherry and black berry fruit aromas, from the Pinot Noir, with hints of green lime zest from Chardonnay. and bright cherry berry flavour from Pinot Noir. Brilliant brightness for the age of this Cap Classique with well-structured layers of brioche and integrated mousse. Bright long lingering finish with intensity.

BRUT 2016

EXTRA BRUT 2017

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2017

Alcohol:        11.84%vol
RS:                 3,6 g/l – Extra Brut
TA:                 6.10 g/l
pH:                3.12

VINEYARDS & SOILS

 

Various soils sites consisting of weathered shale, rich limestone deposits and decomposing granite.


WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY & WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS

 

The Chardonnay grapes are all hand-picked, each bunch undergoing a thorough and stringent selection process. After whole- bunch pressing and the separating of the cuvée from the taille. Only the cuvée portion is used. After settling, the clear juice was fermented in stainless steel, a small portion undergoing fermentation in traditional barrels from Tonnellerie Artisanale de Champagne (Piece Champenoise). The Pinot Noir is all hand-selected and hand-picked. Prior to pressing the whole bunches were allowed to have a short period of enzymatic colour extraction to draw sufficient natural colour before pressing. They were then pressed and with the separation of cuvée from the taille, the clear juice was fermented in stainless steel. No barrel fermentation on Pinot Noir. After the first fermentation, the wine was blended with the Chardonnay before the secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine was left on the lees for five years before the sediment was removed by the traditional process of remuage and dégorgement. The bottles were then corked and laid down for a further six months cork maturation.
This vintage 2017, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir was from an elegant vintage. This release offers wonderful balance, ripe fruit and restraint.


TASTING NOTES

 

Pouring a golden yellow hue, this creamy fizz is redolent with lemon, peach and toasty brioche, with subtle entry of cherries. Layers of flavours on the palate with some yellow fruits and raspberry, and a cloud of lees across the deep chalky base. Lengthy, lingering chalkiness through the long meringue finish. Very complete, drinking beautifully now upon release. Brilliant brightness for the age of this Cap Classique with well-structured layers of brioche and integrated mousse. Bright long lingering finish with intensity.

BRUT 2017

ROSÉ

Pinot Noir Brut

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2013

Alcohol:        12.42%vol
RS:                 6.14g/l – Extra Brut
TA:                 7.24g/l
pH:                3.09

VINEYARD AND SOILS

The Pinot Noir was selected from various sites in the Elgin and the Slanghoek Valley regions. The combination of sites consists of decomposed granite, some Table Mountain Sandstone and weathered
shales.


WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY & WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS
 

The 2013 vintage was a very gentle year with beautiful ripeness levels in the portions of Pinot Noir. This maiden release Rosé offers wonderful balance, ripe fruit, some perfume and restraint. The parcels of Pinot Noir were hand-selected and hand-picked. Prior to pressing the whole bunches were allowed to have a short period of enzymatic colour extraction so as to draw sufficient natural colour before pressing. They were then pressed and with the separation of cuvée from the taille, the clear juice was fermented in stainless steel. After the first fermentation, the wine was prepared for secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine was left on the lees for six years before the sediment was removed by the traditional process of remuage and dégorgement. The bottles were then corked and laid down for a further six months cork maturation.

TASTING NOTES 

A refined, salmon colour with a fine beady mousse. Delicate yeasty tones, layered with red berry fruit such as cherries and raspberries. Fine and well-integrated mousse and a persistent bead. Great vibrant mouth-feel with creamy texture and layered long lingering finish.

Rosé 2013

ROSÉ

Pinot Noir Brut

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2015

Alcohol:        12.41%vol
RS:                 3.85g/l – Extra Brut
TA:                 7.04g/l
pH:                3.20

VINEYARD AND SOILS

The grapes originate from various sites in the Stellenbosch and Stanford wine regions selected for their renowned ability to provide terroir-expressive Pinot Noir for Cap Classique production. Diverse soil compositions include ancient decomposed granite with some Table Mountain Sandstone.


WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY & 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. These beautiful ripeness levels in the Pinot Noir allowed for a wine offering a bright fresh acidity between the layers of structured complexity. This Rosé offers wonderful balance, energetic freshness meeting ripe fruit and berry-perfume, all cloaked in elegance and restraint. Only the best Pinot Noir grapes were selected and then hand-picked. Prior to pressing, the whole bunches were allowed a brief, fleeting period of enzymatic colour extraction to draw sufficient natural colour from the red skins. The whole-bunches were gently pressed, with the separation of cuvée from the taille after which the clear juice was fermented in stainless steel. After the first fermentation, the wine was prepared for secondary fermentation in the bottle. 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 

Attractive pale salmon pink with a touch of golden hue. Persistent and delicate bead and mousse, with fine bubbles rising slowly. A nose of sweet and sour cherries with fresh pear. Delicate fruit on the palate, elegant, and showing great finesse and brightness. Great vibrant mouth-feel with raspberry notes, tropical nuances leading to a bright long, lingering finish.

Rosé 2015
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To get details on where you can get your bottle of Pieter Ferreira Cap Classique, contact us at:

Telephone     +27 (0)82 909 1116

Email              ann@pieterferreira.co.za

Address:

Oak House 

Franschhoek

South Africa

7690

Aquire:

South Africa - Ex Animo Wine Co  www.exanimo.co.za

Canada, Ontario - Le Sommelier    -  www.lesommelier.com

Sweden - Cape Wine Experience   -  www.capewineexperience.com

Singapore - Good Guys Wine         -  www.goodguyswine.com

United Kingdom - RAKQ                  -  www.rakq.co.uk

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