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

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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-2021

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

Product Code: DDD411

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Rated 2 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Region: Walker Bay
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Colour: Rosé
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 11.5%
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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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