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(2021) The second cuvée to appear after Kapse Vonkel was introduced, this comes from a cool vintage that suited the estate-grown Chardonnay in this Blanc de Blancs. This is a wine made only in suitable vintages, which has resulted in 17 editions over the past 30 years. It has just over 3g/l dosage and spent four years on the lees, disgorged in March 2020. Johan says it is a wine that improves after disgorgement - a 2012 tasted the day before this tasting was in a perfect place. Gentle pastry notes to creamy custard apple, a hint of hazelnut. The palate has a little of that creaminess, but is clean and lime and citrus fresh, a dry, sharply-defined wine as the finish shows a little salty minerality adding to the poise and length.
(2021) From a hot, dry vintage that saw the smallest production yet for this wine, the 64% Chardonnay and 36% Pinot Noir blend spent 15 Months on the lees and saw full malolactic. 2,000 cases produced. It opens with subtle, refined pear and apple, a touchy of yeasty and lightly earthy character, even a touch of clove. Despite a lowly 5.5g/l dosage, there is an impression of sweetness in the mouth, quite intense, with a lick of saltiness and of bitters in the finish. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2016) Toasty, creamy and truffle-scented, with a touch of toffee, this blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir spends 18 months on the lees and has a low dosage of 5g/l. Very crisp and apple-flavoured, lots of lemony juiciness and a nice, long finish with the gently frothy mousse.
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