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Eikendal MCC Brut 2016

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The exuberant Eikendal Méthode Cap Classique is made in very small quantities. On the nose it lures with citrus and lime notes, peaches and cream and a fresh minerality. The long, slow bottle fermentation produced a very fine, pleasing mousse on the palate.

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R199

R1,194 per Case of 6

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Pack Size1 Bottle 750ml
Region:Stellenbosch
Blend:100% Chardonnay
Winemaker/Cellarmaster:Nico Grobler

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Vineyards: Chardonnay  Clone  277  was  specifically  used  for  the  MCC.  The  vineyards  have  been trellised in the VSP system. Plant spacing is 2.4 x 1m. Vines are under irrigation, using the Leaf Water Potential method to measure water stress in the grapes.

Vitification: Canopy was kept closed throughout the growing season to ensure minimal light intensity and as a result fresh acidity and remarkable concentrated flavours in the grapes. We picked the grapes early at approximately 19ºB.

Vinification: The  grapes  were  hand-picked  in  small  crates  and  cooled  down  to  1ºC  before  a  gentle, whole-bunch  pressing  with  total  focus  on  maintaining  fruit  purity  and  delicate  aromatics. Only the finest heart of the press juice was used for this noble MCC. Settled for two nights. Fermentation in stainless steel took place at approximately 12ºC, relying solely on naturally present, wild yeasts. After fermentation the base wine was kept on the gross lees for  six months. The wine was then bottled for secondary fermentation and aged two years on the lees in the bottle, before it was riddled, disgorged and finally bottled.

Wine analysis:
Sugar: 1.6 g/ℓ
Total acid: 6.1g/ℓ
pH: 3.13
Alcohol: 12% vol.
Maturation: Up to 10 years if cellared correctly

Serving suggestion: 12ºC-14ºC. Pair with Pear, Goats’ Cheese & Walnut Salad, Oysters, Raspberry Baked Brie, Gorgonzola Mushrooms.

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