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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Brut, Claudia, South Africa, 2015

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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Brut, Claudia, South Africa, 2015

The latest vintage of this superb South African MCC(i.e. made in the same way as Champagne): acknowledged as one of the very best sparkling wines in the Cape, it's fast gaining regular repeat orders amongst our customers. From 80%... Read More

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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Brut, Claudia, South Africa, 2015
Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Brut, Claudia, South Africa, 2015

ColourWhite

StyleSparkling

RegionElgin

GrowerDomaine des Dieux

Grape VarietyChardonnay & Pinot Noir

Vintage2015

ABV11%

Bottle75cl

DietaryVegan

CodeDDD415

Style

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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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Brut, Claudia, South Africa, 2015

The latest vintage of this superb South African MCC(i.e. made in the same way as Champagne): acknowledged as one of the very best sparkling wines in the Cape, it's fast gaining regular repeat orders amongst our customers.

From 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, with four years on its lees and another under cork, it stands comparison with plenty of far more expensive vintage Champagnes: yeasty, creamy and with great breadth on the palate. Now-2024

A previous vintage of this South African fizz won two major awards: the Amorim MCC (Methode Cap Classique) Challenge in Cape Town; and the trophy for best South African Sparkling Wine in the prestigious Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018. The 2014 is just as good!

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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