Is Cap Classique from Chenin Blanc about to trend? First Steen from Bosman Family Vineyards in Wellington and Sparklehorse from Ken Forrester in Stellenbosch and now Sunrise (after an 118.08 carat diamond) from Delaire Graff and a Brut from DeMorgenzon.
Delaire Graff Sunrise Brut
In the manner of Crémant de Loire and featuring 58% Chenin Blanc, 34% Chardonnay and 8% Cabernet Franc. 15 months on the lees and no dosage. Subtle notes of lemon, white peach, apple and even some cassis. Clean and precise with bright acidity and a fine mousse. Quite lean and possessing a bone-dry finish – perfect as an aperitif.
18 months on the lees and dosage done with late harvest, oak matured Chenin Blanc. Peach and yellow apple plus some yeasty character on the nose and palate. Pleasantly rustic on the palate – rich with moderate acidity and quite a coarse bubble.