Rickety Bridge’s Blanc de Blancs is confirming its status as a leading vintage Cap Classique, with two successive releases lauded at the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge, the annual competition which showcases South Africa’s finest MCCs.
“Our maiden 2009 Blanc de Blancs was honoured with the Trophy for Best Blanc de Blancs Vintage at the 2013 Challenge, and this year, we are overjoyed that our second release, vintage 2012, was the only vintage Blanc de Blancs to receive Gold”, enthused an upbeat Wynand Grobler, Rickety Bridge winemaker.
See below information on the Rickety Bridge Blanc de Blancs 2012 – and please find attached a comprehensive media release and a high res pack shot.
RICKETY BRIDGE BLANC DE BLANCS 2012
Vineyards: All the grapes used to make this Cap Classique come from a remarkable chardonnay vineyard on the sandstone slopes of the Franschhoek Mountain with an extremely low yield of 4.5 tonnes per hectare.
Winemaking: Fermentation of 15% of the blend took place in older small French oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel tanks. The must was fermented between 14 and 17°C and the lees was stirred up daily for three months and then twice every week for three months thereafter. A total of six months barrel maturation took place before being blended for bottling. The wine spent forty months on the lees during and after second fermentation before it was disgorged.
Tasting notes: A fine, gentle mousse dances on the palate with flavours of green apple, fresh citrus, light caramel and brioche nuances. These delightful flavours combine seamlessly with classic richness and finely balanced acidity.
Cellaring: Ready for your enjoyment right now, this wine has great aging potential for up to 8 years from release.
Food suggestions: Delightful on its own for any occasion, or pair with salmon, prawns, sushi, oysters, crayfish and steamed fish.
Retail price: The Rickety Bridge Blanc de Blancs 2012 is available at the estate and at select wine merchants with a recommended retail price of R240 per bottle.