Rich straw in colour, with a beautiful array of bubbles as the wine is poured. Slight citrus notes on the nose are supported by ripe apple and brioche from the Chardonnay and 20 months on lees.
A beautifully balanced dryness and persistent mousse on the palate makes this a great MCC to savour with Oysters, or a stunning sunset...
In The Vineyard
We have created some stand-alone premium wines to showcase the diversity of Darling Cellars and the Darling region. All so unique, we couldn't find a place for them in our 3 core ranges. Definitely wines to look out for, as they are only available from the cellar door.
DARLING CELLARS METHODÉ CAP CLASSIQUE
Never a fast process, developing our Methodé Cap Classique was no exception to the rule. The Chardonnay grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness for a MCC, a little higher in acidity and not overripe to preserve the natural acidity and have a low alcohol. Secondary fermentation leads to the buildup of pressure and infusion of bubbles into the wine, making this a stunning, naturally bottle fermented, matured on lees MCC. Definitely wines to look out for, as they are only available from the cellar door and at selected outlets.
Terroir: Medium yellow, non-arid sandy soils with 60% red laterite dominating the sub surface soil.
Vineyard type: Bush Vine, dry land farmed
About The Harvest
Yield: 6 t/ha
Balling at Harvest: 18° B
In The Cellar
Vinification: Crush and destalk, 14 days fermentation and secondary fermentation in the bottle
Maturation: Kept on the lees for 18 months for a fuller mouth feel, complexity and stable bubbles