Pale lemon colour, bright and clear, with a hypnotic steady stream of vigorous, fine bubbles. The nose offers up subtle orange blossom with marmalade and oyster shell nuances mingling with baked sourdough bread. Vibrant, energetic fizz with grapefruit, lemon and lime vivacity in the mouth. A trace of salinity is
present too, adding to the enjoyment of the crunchy zip and vitality. It then segues into a richer, creamier, genteel and silky smooth mouthful of lees, toast and baked bread tinged with a twist of citrus zest. The maritime notes of briny sea air and oyster shell are present too. Succulent and fresh but also taut, crisp and dry. Lovely tension and restraint but with power and generosity too. Seamless integration and marvelous refinement and persistence of flavour.
Pale onion skin hue. Vigorous bead of fine, pristine bubbles and aromas of yeast with underlying red berries and stone fruit. Rounded by a subtle The palate is announced with tangy and refreshing entry full of vivid lemon and marmalade flavour. The same toasty sourdough notes then broadens with a precise fantail of flavour as promised on the nose. It is complex and well defined, with nothing out of place – just sumptuous and elegant. Vibrant and fresh, yet creamy, rich and
statuesque. Wonderfully lingering finish.
The majority of this vintage blend is sourced from our Altima estate in Elandskloof. The best vineyards and soils are found on the steep slopes that surround this picturesque valley. The farm's dominant soil is well-decomposed shale from the Malmesbury group. These soils have a high water-retention capacity and a high organic matter content, which results in healthy and sometimes vigorous growth. The trellising system used in Chardonnay vineyards is vertical shoot positioning, whereas the posted vine method is used in Pinot Noir vineyards.
Area of Origin
Vineyards & Soils
The biggest part of this vintage blend hails from Altima vineyards, situated in Elandskloof where the best vineyard sites and soils are found on the steep slopes surrounding this picturesque valley. Good decomposed shale soils, from the Malmesbury group of soils, are the predominant soils on the farm. These soils tend to have a high water- retention capacity and are high in organic matter, resulting in vigorous growth. The Chardonnay vineyards trellising system is vertical shoot positioning, whilst the Pinot Noir vineyards are trellised using the posted vine method.