Tanzanite wines are hand crafted with skill and care by Melanie van der Merwe within the Robertson Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa. Her passion in life is to create an excellent and unique South African Cap Classique - which is shown in both her Brut and Brut Rosé creations.
Robertson is famous for its chalk in the soil where Melanie, in partnership with farmer, Ernst Bruwer, planted their very own Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. After years of trials they found the terroir gave a beautiful complexity to the end product. Everything is done in small batches with the utmost care and attention to detail. Wines are left on the lease for a minimum 24 months where the end product is finally disgorged and bottled.
Grapes: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir
Nose: Fruity, flinty, nutty, honey and creamy notes and beautiful brioche tones are coming through on the nose.
Palate: Dry, lingering and well structured with a beautiful creamy mousse.
Time on the Lees: 34 months
Awards: 2019/20 The Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Gold.
Veritas (Under a different label) – Gold.
Platters – 93 Points and part of the five star lineup tasting for the 5th year in a row.
Winemaker Notes: The Pinot noir gives the wine good backbone, structure and longevity and the Chardonnay gives flintiness which develops in creamy, elegant notes in the wine with ageing.
Enjoy as an aperitif or with fresh seafood, oysters, smoked venison Carpaccio, creamy chicken, apple crumble and even Cape Malay curry.