It’s Cap Classique Day!
I was feeling quite overwhelmed at having to choose a Cap Classique to celebrate today. Thank goodness for Domaine des Dieux coming to my rescue!
We first met Domaine des Dieux at Noordhoek Crush a few years ago...and I remember it like it was yesterday. ‘How do we pronounce the name of the one we like...go back and ask...no you go back and ask’! I have since learned to pronounce the name (meaning Place of the Gods), and been suitably impressed that they were the first bubbly producers in the Hemel-en-Aarde region.
Established in 2002, they produce still and sparkling wines from their dryland farmed 28ha of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. As well as still Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and a rosé made from Mourvèdre amongst other grapes.
A vibrant pale lemon with golden hues with a pronounced nose of Granny Smith apples, lemon curd, hay, a touch of honey, and subtle baked bread (hungry).
A fine, persistent mousse of riper baked apples, lemon, and metallic traces keeps your mouth watering for more. There’s a creaminess to the lengthy finish that hints at red berries, floury red apples...and maybe even nectarines and honey. Acidity, you ask? That’s how much I was enjoying this...I forgot until now because it just feels right and round in your mouth.
Viti + Vini:
88% Chardonnay and 12% Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from the cool Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge and Botriver regions. The grapes are gently whole bunch pressed whilst being protected from O2, the base wines are then carefully blended and spend 48 months on the lees before being disgorged on 24 March 2021.
I most often choose to drink the Rose of Sharon, their rosé Cap Classique, so it was a treat to spend more time with the Claudia. Many thanks to Domaine des Dieux for the very kind gift and for solving my Cap Classique Day dilemma!
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