It was a festive occasion and although the weather was getting chilly outside, the bubbly atmosphere kept everyone warm and especially, very happy. Celebrating a brand new “Diva” is what it was all about and 125 guests joined our Blaauwklippen team in our Tasting Room to do so.
The guests enjoyed live music and succulent finger food to complement the Diva’s bubbly brut character, with different charcuterie based snacks made by Chef ‘Big Steve” from The Bistro, fresh oysters presented by the Oyster King and the all time South African favourites: Biltong and Droewors. There was also some sweetness by way of milk tarts and macarons to round off the wonderful in house event.
This Methode Cap Classique is special because it is the only Brut MCC in South Africa made from 100% Zinfandel. “There is a story that goes with it.” Rolf Zeitvogel, the MD and Cellar Master, explained during his speech held at this entertaining evening, “As we have a terroir that is perfect for red varietals, the Zinfandel grape thrives at Blaauwklippen. Zinfandel goes back to Croatia many moons ago, and through Austria, found its way to Italy, where it was called the Primitivo, later to be adopted by the Americans as the Californian Grape.” Rolf is the only non-American ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) member and he has a special bond with “her” as such. He started to call her the “Diva”, because the grape resembles a woman regarded as temperamental or haughty.
Tasting the “Diva” is tasting character, “she” is a carefully crafted MCC, the colour of sun ripened straw. The pallet recognizes delicate yeasty tones layered with toast and refreshing aromas of litchi and crisp apple. The bracing acidity and rich mouth feel result in a long, lingering finish.
This Zinfandel Blanc de Noir base wine was kept on the lees for 8 months before the start of the second fermentation in the bottle as per the traditional method. It as bottle aged for 13 months before disgorgement.
Please feel free to visit us at our Blaauwklippen Tasting Room, the only place where you can taste and buy (for a mere R135) this beautiful new divine experience at this moment in time, to share with your loved ones and friends, and also your business connections, like we did with ours.