“What do you do when you have a 12-year-old block of Pinotage that’s too small to go to the co-op and too big for the garagistes? You turn it into Prosecco,” says Christa von La Chevallerie, viticulturist and winemaker at family-owned farm Nuweland in the Swartland, of her new release called Circa Rosecco.
Huis van Chevallerie Circa Rosecco NV
Coral pink in colour. Raspberry on the nose and palate, a fine mousse and a nicely dry finish. Will do down a bomb as a sundowner this summer.
The farm is 110ha in size with 20ha under vineyard, the Pinotage amounting to 1ha and the other 19ha being Chenin Blanc, nothing younger than 36 years old. Von La Chevallerie supplies many of the Swartland hotshots but also makes her own bubbly which is satisfaction guaranteed for wine geeks.
Huis van Chevallerie Filia 2012
14 months on the lees and zero dosage. Peach, a touch of honey and an intriguing but not too explicit leesy note. Good acidity and a gentle, lazy bubble. This has real depth of flavour and is more a variation on serious Swartland Chenin than conventional fizz. Also available in magnum at R435 a bottle.