The Cape Dutch-style estate started preparing the maiden Méthode Cap Classique in 2011. It was cellar master Charl Coetzee’s first attempt at producing a Champagne-style bubbly and he is extremely happy with the outcome. “I’m glad we were patient, because the four years have really made all the difference,” said Coetzee. “Keeping it on the lees has added layers and layers of complexity.”
Coetzee kept the wine as an ‘ultra-brut’ with zero dosage, ensuring that it was infused with flavoured layers of biscuit and brioche. Notes of fresh apple, lime and grapefruit can also be detected in this Cuvée de Sacres bottle.
“After tasting this wine again and again over the past four years we decided it is just perfect as it is,” Coetzee said. “It’s a layered wine that’s still very fresh. You don’t get the impression it’s an aged wine at all as there are lots of primary flavours upfront on the palate.”
There are only 5 000 bottles of this maiden vintage available. They can be purchased from the revamped Babylonstoren tasting room or from either of the estate’s restaurants for R495 a bottle.
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