Cape Jaffa Pinot Chardonnay
Style: Uncomplicated, fresh and easy-drinking.
The inspiration: Made in a charmat/tank-ferment method, which is typically used in Italian sparkling winemaking (such as Prosecco), despite its traditional Pinot Chardonnay base, this wine does not a try to emulate the French ‘méthode traditionnelle’ used in Champagne. This method makes for a sherbetty fruit-forward wine that still has a nice fine bead. About a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay hand-picked from cooler sites of the Limestone coast.
Cellaring: This wine is drinking well now however it will evolve into a more tertiary and complex style in the bottle over up to five years.
Food pairing: Think palate cleansing here so don’t skimp on the strong, salty or creamy finger nibbles. All the naughty but nice things…paté or potato chips anyone? Also consider raw seafood like oysters and sashimi-style everything.