VARIETY: 61 % Chardonnay, 30 % Pinot Noir, 9% Pinot Meunier
AREA OF ORIGIN: Stellenbosch
PRODUCT BACKGROUND: A Prestige cuvee, produced whenever conditions favour the production of fine sparkling wine. The name is a family name which the Griers are proud to associate with their flagship. This Cap Classique is made with maturation potential in mind.
HARVEST DETAILS: 2013 was a relatively cool year. The vineyards were healthy and ripening occurred late. Healthy grapes were picked by hand and delivered to the cellar in whole bunch form.
CELLAR TREATMENT: Whole bunches were carefully deposited into pneumatic bag presses and gently pressed using a champagne pressing cycle. Only the cuvee (best quality juice) was used in the blend. Part of the Chardonnay (half) was fermented in used oak barrels for extra complexity. After blending with Pinot Noir, yeast and sugar were added for a secondary fermentation in the bottle, followed by extended lees contact of 6 years.
TASTING NOTES: Rich, creamy, yeasty nose, with a refreshing flavour on the middle palate developing finesse and complexity on the aftertaste. Powerful and rich to drink now, but it will still continue to improve for up to 3 years.
AWARDS: SAWi: Platinum 100 / Best MCC in SA.
Veritas Awards: GOLD
SA Sparkling Wine Championship: GOLD
Tim Atkin Report: 93 points
Platter’s Wine Guide: 4½ Stars
SAWi: Overall top scorer in South Africa
SA Wine & Cellar Classification: Top 10 Sparkling Cap