Brut Zero represents the ultimate transparency in premium Methode Cap Classique. This extra special cuvee was created without the use of dosage. With no added sugar, what remains is a sparkling wine in its purist form; unadorned and natural. This style of wine can only be made in truly exceptional vintages.
VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay
AREA OF ORIGIN: Robertson, Western Cape, South Africa
VINEYARD: The Chardonnay vineyards used for this wine has its roots in the limestone-rich, calcareous solid in Robertson. Vineyards used for this special cuvee were planted between 1998 and 2002, with the youngest vines specially selected Champagne clones.
HARVEST DETAILS & VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested at 19.5 - 20 degrees during the 3rd week of January 2011 in the early morning while the grapes are still cool after the night's dramatic drop in temperature.
CELLAR: Produced in the Methode Cap Classique cellar, Robertson.
CELLAR TREATMENT: The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and only the highest quality juice was selected and settled overnight before fermentation in stainless steel tanks with termperature regulations. A small portion of the juice was fermented in specific Piece Champenoise (205L) oak barrels. The fermented portions were selected for minerality, elegance and finesse. A secondary bottle fermentation followed, and the wine remained on the lees for 60 months before disgorgement.
TASTING NOTES: Elegant, fresh and lively, this wine is a study in rich minerality. Fresch green apples and hints of brioche, citrus and barely perceptible iris develop on the mid-palatte as sthe wine is left to stand. Virtually sugar free, the natural salt affinity of this zero-dosage wine makes it the ideal partner to crustacean dishes and sushi.
Residual Sugar 2.5 g/l (+/- 0.5 g/l)
Alcohol: 12.86% vol (+/- 0.2% vol)
Total Acid: 6.57 g/l (+/- 0.25 g/l)
pH: 3.27 (+/- 0.05)