The Dracks, A Matriarch (MCC) 2016

See the morning in with wonderful apple strudel and spicy chai biscotti nuance. Let fresh green apple, nettles and lime highlights refresh as the sun shines, or relax later while mellow pear, litchi and juicy white nectarine proposition you from your glass. With a glass of the right superfine mousse in your hand, every part of every day is a noteworthy celebration.

Winemaker Comments

The 2016 The Dracks marks our seventh vintage of white bubbly and our enduring love of Method Cap Classique.

The Matriarch is made in the classic Method Champenoise style - 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay, sourced in Durbanville, contributes elegance and finesse. Pinot Noir, also brought in from a cool coastal region, lends a broader flavour spectrum to the blend.

After selective hand harvesting, the grapes are gently whole bunch pressed yielding juice rich in natural acidity and subtle fruit flavours. Thereafter, the juice is lightly clarified and co fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve these delicate fruit flavours. The secondary fermentation in bottle generates the development of our fine mousse (bubbles). A further 14 months of maturation “sur lie” generates a generous mouth and brioche flavours.


Cultivar: 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir
Vine: 5yrs - 17yrs
Root Stock:  mainly R 110
Yield: av 4-6 t/ha
Wood: none
Alcohol: 11.72%
Sugar: 9.7g/l
Acid: 6.8 g/l
pH: 3.34

Tasting Notes