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THE MATRIARCH (MCC) 2017

TASTING NOTES

Classy fine mousse bursts through gorgeous creamy lemon grass and apfelstrudel. Balancing cinnamon cream biscuits, fresh honeycrisp apples and brasil nuts. Pack in the basket for “high tea with the Mad Hatter” or a long lazy Sunday family picnic at the water’s edge.

WINEMAKER COMMENTS

The 2017 Matriarch marks our eighth 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. The Pinot Noir, also sourced from the Durbanville area, 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 12 months of maturation “sur lie” generates a generous mouth and brioche flavours.

ANALYSIS

Cultivar: 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir

Vine: 5yrs – 17yrs

Root Stock: mainly R110

Wood: none

Alcohol: 12.22%

Sugar: 8.7g/l

Acid: 6.9 g/l

pH: 3.34

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