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Top rating for our Villiera Tradition Brut from the UK


29 April 2021  -  Jancis Robinson.com

Villiera was the first South African producer to start making sparkling wine with the help of a champagne producer – Jean-Louis Denois.

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Founding MCC member Jeff Grier has handed the MCC production over to his nephew, Xander Grier, who has apparently introduced all sorts of new things such as clay 'amphorae' and a reserve- wine solera, inspired by a visit to grower champagne producers in 2019.

Mostly Stellenbosch grapes, whole-bunch pressed, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They do full malo. Usually 18 months on lees for the NV, but lockdown has given them a bit longer this year. 'Lockdown doesn’t affect quality', Grier said cheerfully, 'just the bank balance'. Dosage is made with wine from their solera blend. Dosage 6.5 g/l, pH 3.19.

Really, really creamy; shortbread, full-bodied spread. This is lovely. Deep, peachy fruit, complex, rich. Tastes like salt-buttered toasted croissant spread with lemon marmalade and apricot jam. This has deep substance and undertow. It was extremely good with comté, and I can imagine it being delicious with something like scallops mornay or belly pork. (TC)

 

Producer

Villiera

Cuvée

Tradition

Classification

Cap Classique Brut

Appellation

Stellenbosch

Region

Stellenbosch

Country

South Africa

Colour

White

Alcohol

12%

Score

17

When to drink   

2021 - 2024

Published on

 

14 Apr 2021

Date tasted

 

30 Mar 2021

Reviewer

Tamlyn Currin