Villiera Woolworths Vintage Reserve Brut 2007

Spot on.

Villiera Woolworths Vintage Reserve Brut 2007, winner of the trophy for Méthode Cap Classique at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show really is impressive (price: R109.95 a bottle). 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay, four years on the lees, it shows both yellow and red fruit and a hint of brioche. Good breadth and richness, perfect balance and a long finish.  Overall, a very precise offering in a category where too many examples show technical shortcomings. Score: 18/20.

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  1. KwispedoorJune 3, 2012 at 12:07 pmReply

    Four years on the lees – there’s the thing. I’ve tasted the 2004 and 2006 of this wine in the last year and was also suitably impressed. Having said that, almost all our MCC’s that have seen four years plus on the lees are impressive. The category’s popularity has grown so much, that most producers rush their offerings out at between one and two years on the lees – it’s simply not enough IMHO to make a bubbly of real distinction. I fondly remember that J.C. le Roux Pinot Noir 1989 that was on the lees for ten years. Will we ever see the likes of that again, I wonder?

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