Longridge in Stellenbosch, South Africa, has produced a very good sparkling indeed. Comprised of 75% chardonnay and 25% pinot noir, their Brut Rose is also referred to as Cap Classique which is another way of saying that the winemaking is identical to that of Champagne where the secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle. Farmed biodynamically, the wine was left on lees for 40 months before disgorgement, with no dosage. This “Brut Nature” feels sweetish only because of the ripe fruit. Smoky with tertiary flavours including over-ripe strawberries and a hint of autumn leaves. Impressive!
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