In the Vineyard
Most of the soils in the valley which are suitable for farming are situated on steep slopes. Quartz sandstone, which belongs to the Table Mountain Sandstone group, appears against the higher-lying mountains. Good decomposed shale soils, from the Malmesbury group of soils, are the predominant soils 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 healthy growth. These soils 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. The vineyards are the only Pinot noir vineyards in SA at a very high altitude using the posted vine method (stok-by-paaltjie). The Chardonnay vineyards trellising system is vertical shoot positioning.
Produced in the Anthonij Rupert Méthode Cap Classique Cellar, La Garonne, Franschhoek.
The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were picked at ±19.5°Balling and were whole-bunch pressed together. Just two cellars in the world follow this method. 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 facilities housed in the same building.
Variety: 76% Pinot noir / 24% Chardonnay
Cellar: Produced in the Anthonij Rupert Sparkling Wine Cellar, La Garonne, Franschhoek
Area of Origin: The Chardonnay & Pinot noir grapes were sourced from our Altima farm in Elandskloof.