Tanzanite Brut Method Cap Classique
Tanzanite Wines
South Africa - Western Cape - Breede River Valley - Robertson

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. 

Breede River Valley - Robertson
Wine Type
80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir
Age of vines
10-15 years
Agricultural Practices
Soil type
Grapes are harvested in whole bunches by hand & pressed through a soft pressing cycle. The must undergoes its first fermentation (temperatures vigorously controlled) to preserve grape aromas. After fermentation each wine are tasted and blended. After blending the wines are stabilized, inoculated with yeast, and bottled. The bottled wine is taken into temperature controlled cellars where secondary fermentation takes place – the so called “prisse de mousse”. The yeast converts the sugar to carbon dioxide and alcohol, creating effervescence. Aging on the lees is crucial to making a good Cap Classique. After riddling and degorgement, the sugar is adjusted by adding dosage according to the wine's taste. The wine is aged a few more months.
800 (9-liter cases)

Enjoy as an aperitif or with fresh seafood, oysters, smoked venison Carpaccio, creamy chicken, apple crumble and even Cape Malay curry.

Reviews and News

NV Tanzanite Brut Method Cap Classique - 90 PTS - WA

NV Tanzanite Brut Method Cap Classique - 90 PTS - WA

wa90"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

NV Tanzanite Brut Method Cap Classique - 90 PTS - IWR

NV Tanzanite Brut Method Cap Classique - 90 PTS - IWR

iwinereview"This is a richly flavored sparkler showing complex notes of brioche, apple, and a hint of clementine. It’s bone dry on the finish with lingering toasty lees notes. A blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir aged 24+ months on the lees. The winemaker is Stellenbosch enology grad Melanie van der Merwe who made sparkling wine for 11 years at Distell before starting her own brand."
- International Wine Review (Champagnes & Sparkling Wines for the Holidays: The Best of 2018), 90 pts

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Producer Information: Tanzanite Wines

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 ...
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