Silverthorn The Green Man 2010
By Christian Eedes, 19 March 2014
While there’s plenty of mediocre Cap Classique about (technically flawed examples sell anyway because everyone loves bubbles), the best examples are more or less the match of the non-vintage offerings of the bigger Champagne houses.
Right now The Green Man 2010 from Silverthorn is as good as it gets. Rated 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s, I was prompted to get a bottle recently from Liquor City Claremont (R169.99 a bottle) to drink at leisure.
From Robertson Chardonnay, a small portion was barrel fermented and then spent a minimum of 28 months on the lees (the sample submitted for Platter’s disgorged after 32 months).
Green apple, citrus and subtle brioche. Layers of subtle flavour, a super-fine mousse and really crisp acidity lending the wine a lovely clean quality – not at all sour as MCC can be. Bone-dry on the finish. Wonderful purity and poise but perhaps lacking that detail and extra savoury complexity that marks great Champagne.