Joyful, rich pink colour, vivacious cascading bubbles and the full rich flavour of Pinot Noir combined with the elegance of Chardonnay and the uniqueness of Pinotage. This is the Tradition Rosé – rich in flavour with a long finish. The Rosé partner to Tradition Brut, since 1987. An average of 2 years on the lees. The blend is made up of 40% Pinot Noir – the balance being Chardonnay and Pinotage. This Cap Classique has a uniquely rich, fruity character reminiscent of strawberries with a touch of brioche.
VARIETY: 35 % Pinot Noir, 30 % Chardonnay 30 % Pinotage, 5 % Pinot Meunier
AREA OF ORIGIN: Stellenbosch
Tradition Rosé Brut followed Tradition in 1987 and it was the first bottle fermented Rosé produced in South Africa. It is now a leader in this category.
Slightly unripe healthy grapes are harvested early in the season by hand.
Whole bunches are deposited directly in the presses (pneumatic) and pressed very gently according to a Champagne pressing programme. Only the Cuvee (the best quality juice) is used in the blend. The colour is achieved by adding about 2 % of a specially prepared red wine made from Pinot Noir. After blending, yeast and sugar are added for a secondary fermentation in the bottle which takes 6 weeks producing the magical bubble. The sparkling wine is then matured in contact with the lees for an average of 18 months. After riddling and disgorging a small amount of dosage is added to balance.
Joyful, rich pink colour, vivacious cascading bubbles and the full rich flavour of Pinot Noir combined with the elegance of Chardonnay and the uniqueness of Pinotage. This is the Tradition Rose – rich in flavour with a long finish.
Gilbert & Gaillard international challenge: 91 points
Michelangelo Wine Award: GOLD
Platter’s Wine Guide: 4 Star
Alcohol: 12 vol % Residual Sugar: 8.5 g/li Total Acid: 6.2 g/li pH: 3.35