Though only two vintages in, the Méthode Cap Classique that is Lady R from Steenberg is starting to shape as one of SA’s best.
Following on from the maiden 2010, the 2011 is set for release on 1 September. A blend of 70% Pinot Noir from Stellenbosch and Darling and 30% Chardonnay from Robertson, it spent 52 months on the lees. On the nose, a surprising amount of citrus given the predominance of Pinot but also red apple, an intriguing herbal note, some reduction and a little leesy character but this is very much in the background. The palate meanwhile shows pure fruit, crisp acidity and a very fine mousse before a savoury finish. Classy stuff.
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