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L'Ormarins

Brut Classique

NV

Brut Classique
In the Vineyard

Most of the soils suitable for farming in the Elandskloof valley are situated on steep slopes. The Altima vineyards - which make up the biggest part of the non-vintage blend soils for the Chardonnay and the Pinot noir - are planted on the following soils:

 

Quartz sandstone, which belongs to the Table Mountain Sandstone group, is found on the higher-lying mountains. Good decomposed shale soils, from the Malmesbury group of soils, are predominant on the farm. These soils usually have dark brown topsoil, with a yellow-brown structure and less sandstone subsoil. They tend to have a high water-retention capacity, are high in organic matter and usually have no chemical limitation, resulting in vigorous growth. Lower in the valley and along the rivers are dark alluvial soils, which also deliver very vigorous growth. These are not suitable for wine grape production, due to growth being too vigorous, coupled with a high risk of rot. 

 


The Pinot noir vineyards trellising system is unique. These are the only high altitude Pinot noir vineyards in South Africa planted using the posted vine method ("stok by paaltjie"). The Chardonnay vineyards trellising system is vertical shoot positioning. 

 

Cellar

Produced in the Anthonij Rupert Méthose Cap Classique Cellar, La Garonne, Franschhoek.


Area of Origin

The Chardonnay grapes were sourced from Altima in Elandskloof, Rooderust vineyards in Darling and selected vineyards in Robertson. The Pinot noir grapes were selected from Altima in Elandskloof, as well as the Elgin, Darling and Robertson regions. 

 

The Chardonnay and Pinot noir were whole-bunch pressed separately. Only the highest quality juice (tête de cuvee) was settled overnight for fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 14-16°C. The fermented portions were selected for finesse and elegance. Secondary bottle fermentation followed and the wine remained on the lees for 24 months before disgorgement. After disgorgement, the wine was left for 5 months under cork before shipment. The world class Anthonij Rupert Méthode Cap Classique Cellar is especially unique, as it has all the riddling, disgorging, bottling and labelling facilieities housed in the same building. 


Technical Information

Variety: 60% Chardonnay / 40% Pinot noir

Vintage: NV (Non-Vintage)

Cellar: Produced in the Terra del Capo Cellar, L'Ormarins.

Area of Origin: The Chardonnay is from Altima in Elandskloof and the Pinot Noir is from Stellenbosch. 

 

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Tasting Notes

Delicate peach hue. Constant stream of fine bubbles. Appealing aroma of candied apple, citrus pith and light flinty, limestone nuance. Distinctly fruity whie peach and apple entry. Fresh vibrance and crips crunch of acidity to balance the ripe fruitiness. Rounded, creamy, broad and textured int he mouth. Elegant and statuesque. Its long aftertaste finishes on a light lemon zest note. 

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