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THE GRANDE MATRIARCH (MCC) 2016

TASTING NOTES

A Grand meet-cute. Strawberry syrup and ruby grapefruit waltz hand-in-hand through a red fruit grove. Rose petals and flakes of potpourri shimmer in shades of rose gold. Picture perfect with silvers of ostrich carpaccio and a view overlooking Cape Town’s flickering city lights.

WINEMAKER COMMENTS

The Grande Matriarch is our first attempt at making a 100% Pinot Noir, serious style Method Cap Classique.

The grapes were sourced in Durbanville, hand-picked at low sugar levels of 18.5 – 19°B and whole bunch pressed. The extracted juice is low in phenols, high in natural acidity and has a delicate blush colour. The juices are fermented with a strong yeast strain to form the base  wine and once the base wine is stabilised the wine is bottled for the second fermentation under a crown cap. The wine is then left on the lees for 39 months before disgorgement. The dosage used (filling up the bottles before corking) was also Pinot Noir, which makes this a truly 100% Pinot.

ANALYSIS

Cultivar: 100% Pinot Noir

Vine: 5yrs – 17yrs

Root Stock: mainly R110

Wood: none

Alcohol: 12.5%

Sugar: 11.6 g/l

Acid: 6.7 g/l

pH: 3.38

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