Vinevenom Serenade 2015
By Christian Eedes, 8 December 2020
Samantha Suddons, previously involved in Terracura Wines, has launched her own label called Vinevenom, her first release being a Cap Classique from the 2015 vintage called Serenade, a blend of 68% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir and 14% Pinot Meunier that spent five years on the lees and received zero dosage – Suddons is a Champagne enthusiast and this was originally undertaken as a side project but she has now decided to make it commercially available.
The nose shows a top note of flinty reduction before lemon, Granny Smith apple and a hint of raspberry plus the merest hint of yeasty complexity. The palate is lean and fresh with a very fine mousse and a bone-dry finish. This a very focused offering with lovely fruit definition – wonderfully energizing to drink. Price: R460 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
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