Filia Chenin Blanc Brut

The meticulous viticultural regeneration process we’ve undertaken with our old bush vines is finally starting to repay our faith exponentially. An extreme relief to say the least, as Christa quit her office job to focus solely on farming and production of our fine range of Sparkling Wines.

Additional Information

2013’s winter dosed our vines with more than enough rain, allowing the water to make its way deep within the decomposed granite to the subterranean layers of clay – where it is stored and accessed by the roots in the heat of a Swartland summer. This allows the fruit to ripen and the vine to build enough reserves for the next year.
A sort of normal growing season ensued with good fruit development, however the harvest was quite tricky as intermittent rain caused consternation with harvest dates & sugar levels which required nerves of steel and an intimate knowledge of the vineyards to ensure optimal results.

Our vines repaid natures kindness with an almost unheard of 3,5 tons per hectare. This improvement is down to the favorable preceding winter and the incredibly fastidious efforts of viticultural consultant Rosa Kruger and our workers who put in countless hours of care.
As in previous vintages, all the fruit was hand harvested in the cool of the morning and the glistening gold green clusters were whole-bunch pressed & allowed to ferment with only the assistance of the native yeasts found in the vineyard. Secondary bottle fermentation was initiated by the addition of yeasts with a liquor de triage and the wine crown capped, thereafter 14 months passed before disgorging. We do zero dosage – a practice we prefer as this allows for the truest expression of our site. A mere 2100 (750ml) and 990 magnum (1.5L), were crafted in this vintage.

Winemaking

The fruit was whole-bunch pressed at the lowest possible pressure, with only the finest free-run juice kept and settled over-night at a at a neighbourly Paardeberg colleague’s cellar and all for an ice-cold tray of beers. Next day, once again with help we transported the juice to the cellar where it was left to its own devices to ferment naturally.

I allowed for lees contact for four months, before it was racked from the tank and ready for the next ferment in bottle, after which we transported it to the final destination where it stayed until degorgement.

In September 2012 the wine was disgorged Zero Dosage – i.e. no additions of any syrup or liqueur, but only topped up with the contents of another bottle before corking – hand labelled and packaged with generous help of my mother, Gerda and sister, Julie.

Total production amounted to 365 Magnum (1.5ℓ) and 430 standard (750mℓ) bottles. As everyone knows size does matter! It’s my aim to produce Kap Klassiek in Magnums, as this larger format bottle allows the wine to mature slower developing subtle nuances of flavour and producing bolder expression.

More importantly, I know way too many wine lovers for whom a standard bottle of bubbly will never suffice and a Magnum is truly the perfect size from which to enjoy the complexity and joy that is Filia!

COMPOSITION OF THIS KAP KLASSIEK…

…bottle fermented sparkling wine, crafted with inspiration from méthode tradionelle, utilising artisanal vinification techniques and 100% dry-land, sustainably farmed bush vine, Chenin Blanc from Nuwedam, Paardeberg, Swartland.

Tasting Notes

An initial burst of freshly baked brioche, lime zest & tart kumquat unfurl from the fine mousse with wisps of crisp green apple, lemon curd and yeasty notes from extended bottle maturation; while zippy acidity and an unmistakable mineral finish A truly unique expression of old bush vine Swartland Chenin blanc. Celebrate those special moments in life today or cellar confidently for the next half-decade or more to enjoy our work of time.

Filia 2014 – 750mℓ – with a melange of pink lady apple, brioche, and zesty Chenin citrus freshness which overflows onto the biscuity- leesy palate, wrapped in delicate persistent mousse. Although a tad youthful at the moment, this will improve with careful cellaring, offering joy in blissful abundance.

Filia 2014 Magnum – 1.5ℓ – exhibits the linear minerality and extreme freshness that is the hallmark of the granitic soils of Nuwedam and the Paardeberg. The bouquet exhibits fresh pink lady apple, zesty citrus, array of white flowers and biscuity-brioche aromas which beg you to enjoy another glass or two or more. Deserving of patient cellaring for a good few years to allow the development of the full tertiary spectrum of subtle flavour nuances, that is, if you can restrain yourself!

Awards

Marvellous 89 points Tim Atkin
3.5 Stars in latest John Platter Guide

Anorak Facts
pH 3,26
Alcohol 11,8% vol.
RS 2,3 g/ℓ
TA 6,8 g/ℓ
Vintage: 2014
Production Area: Swartland
Cultivar: 100% Chenin Blanc
Classification:
Sparkling Wine Brut Chenin Blanc
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