Sunday, February 14, 2021

Silverthorn River Dragon

John Loubser has made an interesting new Cap Classique on his and Karen’s Silverthorn property near Bonnievale. When we visited them in 2019, John said that he wanted to make a bubbly from a 37 year old Colombard vineyard on the farm which is on the bank of the Breede River

He’s made it. We bought a case and opened a bottle for Valentine’s Day. Don’t compare this with Champagne although, from a quality perspective, it will hold its own, as one would expect from John, who has made excellent bubblies for many years. It’s unique, a stand-alone and it’s very good. A hint of dried grass on the nose, rounded off by a little chamomile. Being made from Colombard, it has a slightly tropical stone fruit profile; hints of greengage and a subtle whisper of ripe fig over a long bone dry finish with an active mousse. Delicious and fresh, but it should handle a few years’ aging very well. We’ll see, but we encourage you to try it.

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