Inspired by my birthstone the rare, beautiful and highly sought after Tanzanite –
this singular wine expresses my passion for creating unique sparkling wines in the
Origin of Grapes: Robertson & Stellenbosch. There is a specific quality and style that‘s created. This can only be obtained by buying in the grapes used for making Tanzanite. The grapes come from Robertson (gives flintiness), Rawsonville (adds a creamy, clean taste) and Stellenbosch (gives longevity and structure). Yields are kept in check through aggressive pruning and suckering..
Grapes are harvested in whole bunches by hand at 19-
Tasting notes Tanzanite Brut Cap Classique
Composition: Chardonnay 80% Pinot noir 20%
Matured for 3 years on the lees. Fruity, flinty, nutty and creamy notes and beautiful brioche tones are coming through on the nose. It’s fresh, dry, lingering and well structured. Yeasty, toasty and fruity on the nose. Zesty mousse. This is a structured and elegantly matured wine. Drink now or over the next two years. Every bottle has its dégorgement date on the back label. This is my passion in life to create an excellent and unique South African Cap Classique. We have to make the best of every day in our life not just of every occasion. So, do enjoy the wine to celebrate the privilege of life. I make limited quantities as this is the only way I can personally handle it all by myself from picking of the grapes to riddling and degorgement of the wine. It’s a hand crafted wine made with lots of patience and care.
Choice of food
Enjoy as an aperitif, with smoked venison carpaccio, creamy chicken or grilled salmon.
Tasting notes Tanzanite Brut Rose Cap Classique (New Release)
Composition: Pinot noir 60%, Chardonnay 40%
In contact with wine lees for 36 months in the bottle. It begins with a subtle onion skin pink appearance, followed by the delicacy of red fruit aromas, raspberries and cream. Its delicate structure and suave allure complete your pleasure. Very limited quantities made. All hand riddled by the winemaker.
Choice of food
Enjoy when having a cocktail party, it’s the wine of choice for aperitifs on the terrace and in the garden, scented with summer perfumes, or enjoy it by the glowing fireplace in winter. Recommended to serve with roasted white meat, game, tapas, ham and smoked salmon.
Methode Cap Classique
History of the winemaker
Since 1994 Melanie van der Merwe has been making sparkling wine. During her career she won numerous local awards and was internationally acclaimed for the wines she made. She was also nominated as “one of SA’s leading wine makers”. In 2006 she won the Amorim cork Wine magazine,s Cap Classique challenge with one of the Cap Classique sparkling wines she made. Making sparkling wine is part of her life; she now continues this passion by creating her own private Cap Classique wines under the “Tanzanite” label. Limited Quantities are made but all with care and passion.