NV Benguela Cove 'Cuvée 58' Cap Classique, Walker Bay, South Africa (750ml)

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Founded in 2013 by Penny Streeter OBE and lead by head winemaker Johan Fourie, Benguela Cove is located in the Walker Bay appellation in Western Cape, South Africa. The estate has 70 hectares under vine near the shores of the Bot River Lagoon, with vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. The marine influence results in cool temperatures that drop even further at night. This diurnal range promotes even ripening and complexity, while the maritime winds encourage healthy vines requiring minimal intervention. The estate is planted with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon—all micro-managed to nurture each vine to its full potential.

On a mission to “bridge the gap between the science and the artistry of making wine”, Johan created Benguela Cove’s Cuvée 58—named after the gold standard for facets of a diamond—to honor “the precision that both the diamond cutter and the winemaker apply to their craft.” A blend of 72% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Pinot Noir and 8% Chardonnay, this wine stopped us in our tracks, and is one of the best South African bubblies we have encountered. It combines both tension and grace for a veritable ballet of the senses!

The grapes were hand harvested in the early morning hours and carefully hand sorted. Partially whole bunch fermented, and pressed, only free run juice was used to ensure the best quality. No malolactic fermentation was done, preserving the wine’s natural freshness and subtle aromas. After blending and bottling, a secondary fermentation was induced to create the perlage that Method Cap Classique (South African sparkling wines made by the traditional method) yields. 12 months on the lees. Disgorgement in September 2018. 700 cases produced.

Pale yellow. Deceptively understated aromas of citrus and pear. Clean and focused with tart flavors of citrus flesh, underripe red fruits, apricot pit and apple. Delicate in texture, with a fine bead and brilliant finish. Dangerously delicious, this South African sparkler turns everything into a celebration!

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