Avondale Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2009
By Christian Eedes, 30 September 2014
Lots to recommend the Mèthode Cap Classique that is Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2009 from Avondale. The first MCC to carry a vintage designation from this Paarl property, it spent five years on the lees and contains tiny portions of every previous bubbly made since 2003.
It shows a touch of reduction, lemon and a subtle biscuit note. Rich but balanced with a sherbet-like mousse and a good line of acidity. What really impresses is the overall precision – perhaps not the detail as Champagne but then few examples of MCC achievethis. Approximate retail price: R200 a bottle.