THE MATRIARCH (MCC) 2017

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 Matriarch 2017 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 the 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 R 110
Yield: av 4-6 t/ha
Wood:  none
Alcohol: 12.22%
Sugar: 8.7 g/l
Acid: 6.9 g/l
pH: 3.34

TASTING NOTES  DOWNLOAD PDF