It’s an open secret that the bubblies from Ayama in the Voor Paardeberg have KWV input. I’m not sure how different they are from the Laborie stuff (the cap under the muselet bears “Taillefert” branding) but no matter as they are pretty smart and what’s more, reasonably priced, all three selling for R119 a piece.
Ayama Brut 2009
54% Pinot Noir, 46% Chardonnay. 24 months on the lees. Yellow apple, peach and some subtle brioche character. Rich and full with a fine, creamy mousse and soft acidity.
Ayama Blanc de Blancs 2008
100% Chardonnay. 36 months on the lees. Citrus and an intense yeasty character. A soft mousse but nice bright acidity and a savoury finish – has real interest.
Mainly Pinot Noir but includes Chardonnay and Pinotage (percentages not provided). Straightforward summer quaffer – strawberry flavour, moderate acidity and lively if somewhat coarse bubble.