Maiden Voyage

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Maiden Voyage

The first mixed case offering from Cape Wine Experience. The intention of the collection is to demonstrate the range of producers and highlight a few of their wines that we absolutely love! With the onset of the cold, we have selected wines that are seasonally appropriate; 1 Bubbles, 2 White Wines and 3 Red Wines. Pieter Ferreria Blanc de Blancs 2013, Metzer 'Maritime' Chenin Blanc 2018, Radford Dale Chardonnay 2017, Keermont Merlot 2017, Aslina Umsasane Red Blend 2018, Sijnn Low Profile 2018. Welcome to the club, with love from Fia and Brett

Additional information

Weight 9 kg
CN Code

22042194

Alc%

13.20%

PIETER FERREIRA CC Blanc de Blancs (2013) – Sparkling

Tasting Notes

A refined light straw colour with a fine beady mousse. Delicate yeasty tones layered with green lime zest citrus and brioche. Enlivened with a firm well integrated mousse and a persistent bead. Great vibrant mouth-feel with toasty notes citrus honey and tropical nuances with a bright long lingering finish.

Full Description

The Chardonnay was selected from various sites in the Darling and Robertson regions. Sites consisting of decomposed granite and weathered shale with rich limestone deposits.

The 2013 vintage is a brilliant follow-on from the maiden 2012 release. 2013 offers a wonderful balance of ripe fruit and restraint. The Chardonnay grapes were hand-selected and hand-picked. After whole bunch pressing and the separation of cuvée from the taille the clear juice was mainly fermented in stainless steel, with a small portion being fermented in traditional barrels from Tonnellerie Artisanale de Champagne. After the first fermentation, the wine was prepared for secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine was left on the lees for six years before the sediment was removed by the traditional process of remuage and dégorgement. The bottles were then corked and laid down for a further six months cork maturation.

A refined, light straw colour with a fine beady mousse. Delicate yeasty tones, layered with green lime zest, citrus and brioche. Enlivened with a firm, well integrated mousse and a persistent bead. Great vibrant mouth-feel with toasty notes, citrus, honey and tropical nuances with a bright long lingering finish.

Cultivars

100% Chardonnay

METZER Maritime Chenin Blanc (2018)

Tasting Notes

A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a bouquet of citrus blossom with hazelnut, with hints of cut grass, spring flowers, raw honey, and vanilla. The entry on the palate is soft and light at first, but then opens up with pure fruit flavours of ripe peach and apple and a touch of marzipan and vanilla. Lovely zippy acidity allows for a long clean textured finish with a lingering aftertaste of rich fruit and butterscotch. Drink 2020-2030.

Full Description

100% Chenin blanc. A single-vineyard wine from a bush vine parcel planted in 1980. The vineyard is situated a mere 4 km’s from the shores of False Bay.

This Chenin Blanc has been fermented and aged as naturally as possible, without intervention and in search of an authentic reflection of its origin. The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours to preserve fruit integrity. The fruit was then gently pressed after a brief period of skin contact. The juice was settled overnight without the use of settling enzymes and from here it was fed directly to French oak barrels (all seasoned oak) where fermentaion occured spontaneously. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel for 9 months, with no batonage. The wine was bottled after a coarse filtration in November 2018.

The vineyard’s pure fruit quality radiates pear, white peach and lemon. Bright stone fruit follows through on the palate which is marked by a rich texture and a soft, coated acidity. The wine has a persistent finish showing subtle hints of white spice and orange blossom.

The wine delivers immediate drinking pleasure but will gain in complexity with further cellaring. Optimum drinking : 2020 – 2025 (8° C).

Cultivars

100% Chenin Blanc

Radford Dale Chardonnay (2017)

Tasting Notes

With strong influence of Alex Dale’s upbringing in Burgundy, the making of this Chardonnay is also adapted to our particular conditions in this ocean-facing part of the Cape – our mineral geology and temperate maritime climate both lending much to the equation. Restraining acidity, citrus flavours and integrated oaking, the introverted side of its character; ripeness and great persistence on the palate the more expansive side. Genuinely mineral, with a crisp
lime-citrus edge and an elegant yet intense durability. A Chardonnay striving to be individual, focused on backbone not butter.

Full Description

Fruit from two exceptional, ocean facing sites on the foothills of the Helderberg is used for this Chardonnay. With the vines now 25 years old, the wine that these vines produce shows the typical intensity that one can expect from mature Chardonnay vineyards. The crunchy, granite derived soil type (Clovelly) imparts a lovely, flinty minerality to the wine and proximity to sea means the wine naturally possesses a bracing freshness.

The grapes were all hand-picked at dawn into small lug-bins, chilled in our white wine cellar, then hand-fed over a sorting table. Whole bunch pressed, with the free-run juice settled for two days before being gravity-fed into barrel. Alcoholic fermentation entirely carried out in barrel (only using natural ambient yeast) for 8–10 weeks. Cellar maintained very cold at about 10° Celsius (fermentation peaking at about 18°), then temperature dropped to 7°. Battonnage was applied monthly only during the first 2 months. Racked out of barrel after 9 months, assembled and settled with a light bentonite fining and no filtration until bottling at the beginning of December 2016.

With strong influence of Alex Dale’s upbringing in Burgundy, the making of this Chardonnay is also adapted to our particular conditions in this ocean-facing part of the Cape – our mineral geology and temperate maritime climate both lending much to the equation. Restraining acidity, citrus flavours and integrated oaking, the introverted side of its character; ripeness and great persistence on the palate the more expansive side. Genuinely mineral, with a crisp lime-citrus edge and an elegant yet intense durability. A Chardonnay striving to be individual, focused on backbone not butter.

Cultivars

100% Chardonnay

Keermont Merlot (2017)

The Keermont Merlot 2017 has a deep royal red colour. Ripe red fruit and liqueur cherry aromas are complimented by dark chocolate leather and mint notes. The palate is soft but elegant and refreshing. The wine exudes flavours of ripe red fruit with undertones of cocoa herbs and thatch. Tight chalky tannins and good natural acidity help to maintain a fresh elegance and a long succulent dry finish. Alc: 14.5% pH: 3.56 TA: 5.0g/L RS: 1.5g/L TSO2: 88mg/L VA: 0.66g/L

Tasting Notes

The Keermont Merlot 2017 has a deep royal red colour. Ripe red fruit and liqueur cherry aromas are complimented by dark chocolate, leather and mint notes. The palate is soft, but elegant and refreshing. The wine exudes flavours of ripe red fruit with undertones of cocoa, herbs and thatch. Tight chalky tannins and good natural acidity help to maintain a fresh elegance and a long, succulent dry finish. Best drinking: 2020-2028.

Full Description

All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Most of the vineyard parcels grow on deep red clay rich soil derived from sandstone and granite and are surrounded by indigenous vegetation. They lie between 250 and 400 metres above sea level at the top of the valley between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges and have a variety of aspects from North East to West facing. Small batches of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently with minimal intervention in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 20 months maturing in seasoned French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration on 30 November 2018. A total of 11171 bottles (930 cases) were produced. 

Cultivars

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

ASLINA Umsasane (2018)

A beautiful deep dark colour. Complex nose with different layers of fruits plummy characters cassis hints of cigar box and dark chocolate. Good bold structure tight ripe tannins good balance of wood acid and fruit giving this wine a long lingering finish. Alc: 14.0 % RS: 2.7/l TA: 5.4 g/l

Tasting Notes

A beautiful deep dark colour. Complex nose with different layers of fruits, plummy characters, cassis , hints of cigar box and dark chocolate. Good bold structure, tight ripe tannins, good balance of wood, acid and fruit giving this wine a long lingering finish. Best Enjoyed with juicy lamb or steak.

Full Description

In her own words “Aslina is the realization of a dream for South Africa’s first black woman winemaker”. From humble beginnings in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Ntsiki Biyela has smashed through the glass ceiling in the traditionally male dominated industry. She was working as a domestic worker after finishing school when she received a bursary to study Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch as a result of her ability in the field of science. She dived into the opportunity and worked her way up the ranks, spending 13 years at Stellekaya (which means Home of the Stars) before launching her own label, Aslina, in 2016. The label is dedicated to Ntsiki’s grandmother, who was her greatest influence instilling in her strength and determination.

This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc and petit Verdot. Umsasane being an umbrella tree, grandmother’s nickname. As umbrella tree gives shade and protect what is under it, so as grandmother’s characters to all who were near her. The bold structure, smoothness and complexity of this wine relates to the characters of Aslina, as the matriarch of the family.

Cultivars

Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot

SIJNN Low Profile (2018)

Attractive medium to deep red ruby colour. The nose entices a red and wild berry salty liquorice and spicy profile. Juicy energetic wine with all the fine flavours promised on the nose and a lovely refreshing palate which lingers long after that first sip. Long dry and easy finish. Alc: 13.27% RS: 1,7g/L TA: 5.7g/L pH: 3.51 SO₂ Free: 19 mg/L Total SO₂: 70mg/L

Tasting Notes

Attractive, medium to deep red ruby colour. The nose entices a red and wild berry, salty liquorice and spicy profile. Juicy, energetic wine with all the fine flavours promised on the nose and a lovely refreshing palate which lingers long after that first sip. Long, dry and easy finish. Best between 2019 and 2026. Perfect to enjoy with a typical South African braai (Grill).

Full Description

An isolated vineyard in MALGAS near the mouth of the Breede River – called Sijnn by the original Khoisan inhabitants. Perched on a plateau of slate and rolled stones, about 15km from the southern oceans of Africa. Wine made by on-site winemaker Charla Haasbroek.

SIJNN LOW PROFILE 2018

“Low Profile” refers to the 200+ profile holes we dug to determine the best sites to plant our vines, as well as our modest approach to all we do! 2018 was the first year where we added a component of Syrah from Cape Agulhas.

VINEYARD

The complex stony soils, together with a warm dry climate (350mm) moderated by constant sea breezes provides an ideal terroir to produce something unique. Most of the soils have about 60mm round pudding stones on the surface with weathered schist in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 11 and 12 year old vines. This selection was mostly from the lower lying vineyards with slightly more loamy, weathered schist soils. Yield: 3 ton/ha (22 hl/ha)

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

A vintage similar to 2017, with good growth and little problems. We had ideal weather at the beginning of the ripening season with a little rain on occasions. The moderate weather with cool nights continued throughout the harvest period producing wines with excellent acidity. A smaller sized crop of great quality.

PRODUCTION

Handpicked and carefully sorted in small crates in the cool mornings. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small open top tanks and oak vats. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation.

Time on the skins 5 – 7 days, with caps of the skins punched down (pigeage) 2 to 3 times a day. Single pressing in traditional basket press and malolactic fermentation in barrels. Maturation in older French oak barrels for 20 months, with several rackings to gradually clarify the wine. The wine was bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered.

 

Cultivars

Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre 

 

PIETER FERREIRA CC Blanc de Blancs (2013) – Sparkling

A refined light straw colour with a fine beady mousse. Delicate yeasty tones layered with green lime zest citrus and brioche. Enlivened with a firm well integrated mousse and a persistent bead. Great vibrant mouth-feel with toasty notes citrus honey and tropical nuances with a bright long lingering finish. Total Production 2500 bottles. Alc: 12.22% RS: 3.86g/l – Extra Brut TA: 7.24g/l pH: 3.20

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
CN Code

22041093

Alc%

12.20%

METZER Maritime Chenin Blanc (2018)

The vineyard’s pure fruit quality radiates pear white peach and lemon. Bright stone fruit follows through on the palate which is marked by a rich texture and a soft coated acidity. The wine has a persistent finish showing subtle hints of white spice and orange blossom. Alc: 13.5% T/A: 5.4 g/l pH: 3.43 R/S: 1.8 g/l Sulphites: 77 mg/l

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
CN Code

22042196

Alc%

13.50%

Radford Dale Chardonnay (2017)

Restraining acidity citrus flavours and invisible integrated oaking the introverted side of its character. Ripeness and great persistence on the palate the more expansive side. Genuinely mineral with a crisp lime-citrus edge and an elegant yet intense durability. A Chardonnay striving to be individual focused on backbone not brawn. Alc: 11.5%, TA: 7 5 g/L, pH: 3.3 RS: 2.1 g/L

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
CN Code

22042196

Alc%

11.50%

Keermont Merlot (2017)

The Keermont Merlot 2017 has a deep royal red colour. Ripe red fruit and liqueur cherry aromas are complimented by dark chocolate leather and mint notes. The palate is soft but elegant and refreshing. The wine exudes flavours of ripe red fruit with undertones of cocoa herbs and thatch. Tight chalky tannins and good natural acidity help to maintain a fresh elegance and a long succulent dry finish. Alc: 14.5% pH: 3.56 TA: 5.0g/L RS: 1.5g/L TSO2: 88mg/L VA: 0.66g/L

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
CN Code

22042194

Alc%

14.50%

ASLINA Umsasane (2018)

A beautiful deep dark colour. Complex nose with different layers of fruits plummy characters cassis hints of cigar box and dark chocolate. Good bold structure tight ripe tannins good balance of wood acid and fruit giving this wine a long lingering finish. Alc: 14.0 % RS: 2.7/l TA: 5.4 g/l

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
CN Code

22042194

Alc%

14.00%

SIJNN Low Profile (2018)

Attractive medium to deep red ruby colour. The nose entices a red and wild berry salty liquorice and spicy profile. Juicy energetic wine with all the fine flavours promised on the nose and a lovely refreshing palate which lingers long after that first sip. Long dry and easy finish. Alc: 13.27% RS: 1,7g/L TA: 5.7g/L pH: 3.51 SO₂ Free: 19 mg/L Total SO₂: 70mg/L

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
CN Code

22042194

Alc%

13.30%