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Villiera wines continue to impress with Four Medals of Excellence in Tim Atkin’s 2019 SA Special Report


3 September 2019  -  Villiera

Villiera is synonymous with producing outstanding Cap Classique wines garnering a consistent reputation of quality and excellence for over three decades. Their distinctive range of exceptional still wines is also well lauded with a plethora of accolades to endorse the craftsmanship and character of their wines.

The results of this year’s Tim Atkin’s SA Special Report augments the consistency delivered by Villiera with three wines repeating their 90+ performance and one of Villiera’s innovative Cap Classique wines, the Villiera Brut Natural MCC 2015 receiving its first Medal of Excellence.

It’s a hat trick performance for the Villiera Monro Brut, Villiera Tradition Brut NV and Villiera Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc, each awarded Medals of Excellence in Tim Atkin’s SA Special Report for the last three years, showcasing Villiera’s enduring quality.  For the first time, the Villiera Brut Natural MCC 2015 was awarded a 90 rating contributing to Villiera’s four Medals of Excellence in the 2019 SA Special Report.

Winemakers Alexander Grier and Nathan Valentine, together with award-winning Cellarmaster, Jeff Grier, are committed to crafting wines characterised by Villiera’s unique terroir and ensuring the wines deliver on consumers’ expectations. “There ratings are indicative of the quality consumers can rely on when purchasing a Villiera wine”, says Cellarmaster Jeff Grier.

Villiera Monro Brut 2013 – scored 93 points is Villiera’s Prestige Cuvee. Only the cuvee (best quality juice) was used in the blend which consists of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The wine offers a rich, creamy, yeasty nose, with a refreshing flavour on the middle palate developing finesse and complexity on the aftertaste. Delightful to drink now but will mature and intensify for a further 3 years.

The Cap Classique where it all began, Villiera Tradition Brut NV scored 90 points in this year’s report and remains the hallmark in the Villiera Cap Classique stable impressing judges and consumers year after year with its quality and style. Made from a blend of red and white grapes it displays full, balanced yeasty complexity while retaining its fresh zestiness that is a result of crisp acidity and delicate fruit.

Villiera Brut Natural MCC 2015 another pioneering effort by Villiera first produced in 1998 - was awarded 90 points. This Blanc de Blanc was created for those consumers who are both environmentally aware and health-conscious. The cuvee underwent both a natural primary fermentation and natural malolactic fermentation, after which it evolved on the primary lees for 6 months without the involvement of additives. To create the magical sparkle, an extended 3½ year period of yeast contact was allowed to ensure maximum development of this exceptional sparkling wine.

The Villiera Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2018 – scored 92 points and continues to showcase the outstanding attributes of the Chenin vineyards on Villiera. Produced from 2 trellised vineyards and 1 old bush vine block 35% of the fruit was whole bunch pressed and the balance crushed and destalked before approximately four hours of skin contact. After fermentation, the wine was matured in new French Oak and 2nd fill barrels for 7 months then stabilised and bottled. It displays a rich palate of tropical fruit with hints of pineapple, citrus and honey and has good maturation potential.

The 2019 SA Special Report is the seventh edition of this publication. Tim stated that he was overall extremely impressed with the quality of what he tasted in 2019and was delighted to discover some exciting new names alongside established performers. Tim Atkin is an award-winning British wine-writer and Master of Wine.