Lunch today at The House of J.C. Le Roux in Stellenbosch, freshly renovated to accommodate the 71 000 visitors a year the facility now attracts.
The full range of bubblies on show including the Scintilla 2003, overall winner at last year’s Amorim Cap Classique Challenge. I liked the wine more than I have in the past, with it perhaps a little more rounded out than previous incarnations – winemaker Elunda Basson explains that she started disgorging this cuvée in 2010 and stocks are projected to be available until the end of 2014.
The other wine that’s worth seeking out is the Pinot Noir 2008 (approximate retail price: R75). From Durbanville and Stellenbosch fruit, it shows subtle red fruit and mushroom notes on the nose and palate. The acidity’s bright, the mousse fine and vigorous, everything making for a really elegant package (score: 16/20). Give it a whirl while you can because apparently it has the least popular following in the range and there’s debate concerning whether or not to continue making it.