The wines of Colmant in Franschhoek have featured prominently in my life recently. After our second daughter Eliza was borne just over two weeks ago, I arranged an impromptu celebration at wine and tapas bar French Toast on Bree Street. It was a Monday night and as such, all wines up to R400 a bottle were on offer at half-price – a promotion previously unknown to me but one I was only too happy to avail myself of.
Fizz was obviously in order and the Colmant Brut Chardonnay Non-vintage caught my eye, a wine which is rated 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s, and one of my favourites at the moment. Normal price R395 a bottle, Monday night price R147.50 and those gathered to toast Eliza’s arrival in the world made quite a dent in French Toast stocks.
Yesterday, of course, was Valentine’s Day and while my lovely wife Jane and I are generally quite happy to see this contrived occasion pass with the minimum of fuss, we couldn’t resist opening some pink bubbles, specifically the Colmant Brut Rosé Non-vintage, a blend of 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay, matured on the lees for 24 months. Not in the same class as the Brut Chardonnay, it showed intense raspberry and some vague aldehydic notes, the acidity fresh to the point of tart. Not entirely frivolous but lacking nuance. Score: 15/20.