Wine: Survivor Cap Classique Brut 2011
Wine of Origin: Swartland
Winemaker: Ben Snyman
Background: The Overhex brand, Survivor, was named after an Nguni cow who accidently found her way to a farm situated in the Swartland area, by jumping truck as she passed by. She miraculously survived her injuries and today the Survivor wines pay tribute to this amazing cow, as well as the unique terroir of the Swartland, where the grapes are sourced from. The Survivor range comprises of six wines, the Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and two new additions released this week, the 2016 Wild Yeast Chardonnay and Cap Classique Brut 2011. Says Gerhard van der Wath, Managing Director at Overhex Wines International, “Survivor has set a standard for Overhex Wines International in terms of branding and future creations. We are excited to see how these two additions follow in the successful footsteps of their predecessors.” I don’t think Gerhard need to worry too much as both wines are excellent and the Cap Classique 2011 in particular! This bubbly was produced from Chardonnay (85%) and Pinot Noir (15%) picked from selected low yielding vineyards in chalky soils from the Swartland region. Once the base wines had been made the wine was blended and transferred into Cap Classique bottles for second fermentation. Once fermentation completed the wine was left on the lees for up to five years. Disgorgement was done in September last year and left for a further 6 months before winemaker, Ben Strydom, decided that it was ready to be released onto the market. .
Result: Pale gold hues entice you to take in the delicate aromas of spicy toastiness with a lemony and yeasty fragrance. Fresh and crisp palate with good acidity balancing the yeasty depth of bready flavours which gently lead to a long and smooth finish.
When to drink: Now till 2022
Drink with what: On its own or try it with creamy chicken and mushroom pie.
Expect to pay: R270.00