Monday, February 28, 2011

Saronsberg Tulbagh Methode Cap Classique Brut 2007 89 Points

Saronsberg Tulbagh Methode Cap Classique Brut 2007 89 Points

Clear, bright, pale straw with yellow reflections, medium concentration, low viscosity, consistent bubbles, combination of fine and coarse, no sediment.

Clean, austere initially, but when settle +/- 3 minute reveals medium intensity with intense appley note, oxidative style, lime and yellow citrus medley, blanched almonds, light toast reminescent of corn flakes, ripe gold kiwi, white riverine pebbles, mineral driven with some white pepper spiciness! delicately oaked, very complex.

Dry or Brut style by South African standard, high acidity buffered by just perfect dosage, creamy and round with new flavours of orange and grapefruit segment and fresh lime, gold kiwi follows through, zesty feel, rich style without being heavy, honeyed aftertaste with almondy note farewell, very fresh style.

It's without a doubt Tulbagh district finest Cap Classique to date (with no disrespect to Krone Borealis which have always been very good and consistent....but somehow lacks the final X factor).

Need time to reveals it's best + / - 2 years, revisit around 2013+

Served at 9 degrees celsius paired with either the followings:

Pineapple tarte tatin with Bourbon vanilla ice cream and slaty pistacchio crumble
South African Camembert spike with Madagascan green peppercorn puff pastry, crunchy Asian pear and endives salad
Smoked Ceres wild trout with shaved baby fennel salad, poached farm duck eggs and sauce hollandaise, bruschetta with Saronsberg extra virgin olive oil
Now until 2019