Fruity, flinty, nutty, honey and creamy notes, along with beautiful brioche tones, come through on the nose. The Pinot Noir gives the wine good backbone, structure and longevity, while the Chardonnay provides the 'flintiness' which develops into creamy, elegant notes with aging. Dry, lingering and well-structured.
Enjoy as an aperitif or with fresh seafood, oysters, smoked venison Carpaccio, creamy chicken, apple crumble and even Cape Malay curry.
- South African Sparkling Championships 2020, Gold Medal
"Light golden straw. Biscuit and stone fruit on the nose with subtle nuttyness. Fresh and fruit-forward on the palate with a full and creamy aftertaste. A fine mousse and lengthy finish. Lemon drops and lime cordial. A fine wine that will age well."
- Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2020, 92 pts
"Showing a fragrant bouquet of toasted nuts and lemon-like citrus, the Tanzanite Brut is balanced and fresh with notes of orchard and citrus fruit and brioche on a crisp, dry palate. The finish is persistent and very dry. Well made. A blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir with 24+ months sur lie."
- I-winereview.com (December 2022), 91 pts
"A blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, the NV Brut begins with biscuity aromas followed by green apple, citrus blossoms and lees. The palate is focused with precision and finesse and shows that the winemaker has taken a lot of time and effort to create this wine. Bright, energetic acidity livens up the mid-palate, and the mousse is firm with a soft nuttiness from the autolytic characteristic. The finish is long and subtly spicy with and lingers with notes of sweet brioche and cashew butter, as the wine spent two years on the lees. - Anthony Mueller"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2020), 90 pts
Tanzanite Winery was founded in 2003 by Melanie van der Merwe. The winery's name is inspired by Melanie's birthstone - the rare, beautiful and highly sought-after Tanzanite - and symbolizes ...