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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Rosé, Rose of Sharon,  Walker Bay, 2011

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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Rosé, Rose of Sharon, Walker Bay, 2011

One of the newer MCC producers. 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay. Have a 28-ha farm of which 20 ha is fully planted to vine. 36 months sur lattes. Maritime influence and altitude."Pale, orangey pink. Real substance here. By far the star of... Read More

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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Rosé, Rose of Sharon, Walker Bay, 2011

ColourRosé

StyleSparkling

RegionWalker Bay

GrowerDomaine des Dieux

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2011

ABV11.5%

Bottle75cl

DietaryVegan

CodeDDD411

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Domaine des Dieux

Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of Hermanus.

When we first visited in 2003 the wineries, notably Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson, were all in the lower part of the valley, but more recently plantings at the top of the valley - higher, drier, with warmer...

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Jancis Robinson

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Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Rosé, Rose of Sharon, Walker Bay, 2011

One of the newer MCC producers. 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay. Have a 28-ha farm of which 20 ha is fully planted to vine. 36 months sur lattes. Maritime influence and altitude.
"Pale, orangey pink. Real substance here. By far the star of the line-up. Earthy, sous bois and Baharat spice. Dried roses, touch of saffron, spicy apple, tangy. This is a very serious and seriously exciting pink sparkling. Chef Roger Jones, one of the Zoom attendees, said that he would pair it with Pyrenees lamb – I nearly leapt off my chair in agreement. This is that kind of sparkling rosé. Superior to many champagne rosés." VVGV 17.5/20 Tamlyn Currin, www.jancisrobinson.com Tasted 30th March 2021

"Based in Hermanus, with serious intentions of making a Champagne style, (worth noting that its Claudia Cap Classique is exceptional); Domaine des Dieux’s wines are sourced from its own 20 hectares of vines, and have high acidity and beautiful freshness (even with age) due to a maritime influence from the coast and the hilly region they are in. This 2011 rosé defies its age and is a fabulous, delicate win that shouts out for food such as spring lamb. Very much in the Provence Rosé style, its flavours remind me of Whispering Angel." Roger Jones, They Buyer, tasted 30th March 2021

Named after the biblical story of Solomon, who compared his love to the blossoming of the Rose of Sharon, this is from 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay, given six years ageing on the lees before release. Very pale partridge eye, yellow topaz hue. This has a lovely, clean Chardonnay character: there's gentle red fruit, but it's otherwise refined, dry and savoury. Now-2022

Sharon Parnell, owner of Des Dieux, was the first to begin making sparkling wine in the Hemel-en- Aarde Valley, rightly building on the region's success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of Hermanus. When we first visited in 2003 the wineries, notably Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson, were all in the lower part of the valley, but more recently plantings at the top of the valley - higher, drier, with warmer days but cooler nights - have increased. Enjoying naturally low pH soils, and moderate temperatures, cooled by winds from the ocean, this really is a sweet spot in the Cape.

Domaine des Dieux is a small estate just above Ataraxia at the very top of the valley in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge zone. The farm, with vineyards on the slopes of the Babylon's Toren mountain, was bought in 2002, with an initial focus on making the first sparkling wines in Hemel-en-Aarde (and boy have they succeeded) but still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir followed. Des Dieux have an interesting model: they have 20 hectares of unirrigated vines but no cellar (and no electricity on site either!). Winemaking of each of the wines is overseen by a specialist winemaker in local cellars.

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