Suikerbossie Cap Classique Brut 2007 is made by Boer & Brit, the “Boer” being Stefan Gerber, great-great grandson of President Paul Krugerand the “Brit” Alex Milner, great-great grandson of Field Marshall John French and wine-maker at Natte Valleij in Stellenbsoch.
The guys are obviously having fun with their marketing but does what’s in the bottle stack up? This bubbly is a blend of 93% Chardonnay and 7% Pinotage and spent 24 months on the lees prior to disgorgement. “The Pinotage extends the flavour profile providing a touch of grapefruit. It also brings a little more tannin structure to the base wine than Pinot Noir,” says Gerber.
Intriguingly, the grapes come for Prieska in the Northern Cape and Gerber says he can’t think of better fruit in the world. “16 tons a hectare, great acidity and far cheaper than anything from the Western Cape.”
The extended lees contact has served the wine well with biscuit on the nose and palate perhaps being its most marked character. In the mouth, it’s rich and full but balanced by fresh acidity, the mousse forceful, the finish long. Good complexity with flavours of citrus, green apple and spice.
The wine is excellent, the packaging charming and at R65 a bottle from the tasting room is ridiculously good value (relative to the average price of the 78 bubblies tasted for last year’s Amorim Cork Cap Classique Challenge of R119 a bottle).