Lowerland

Lowerland Colombard MCC 2016

£39.00
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Lowerland

Lowerland Colombard MCC 2016

£39.00
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Sparkling | Ready, but will keep | Lowerland | 2016 | South Africa > Northern Cape > Prieska | Colombard | Light Bodied, Dry | 12% abv

Bertie Coetzee represents the sixth generation of his family to farm at Lowerland, on the banks of the broad Orange River near Prieska in the Northern Cape.

Let’s not beat around the bush: this is not traditional wine country. The main crops are maize and plump, melt-in-your-mouth pecans, alongside an award-winning beef stud; but in 1999 the first grapevines were planted by Bertie’s father Hennie, literally sowing the seeds for a game changing endeavour continued by Bertie after he joined the farm in 2013.

The desert-like climate is peculiar, being at approximately 29 degrees south so on the outer limits of what’s considered prime viticultural latitude, but the African heat is moderated by over 1,000 metres of altitude and consequentially high diurnal range. Summer rains can be problematic but generally conditions are dry and therefore favourable for organic farming, with the vineyards certified by Ecocert.

Bertie and his team are striving for a holistic, regenerative model of farming, converting all land to organic practices. Bertie has worked tirelessly to put Prieska on the South African wine map and gain approval for Wine of Origin status, a landmark achievement for what is – if anything – a rudimentary bulk wine region.

This Méthode Cap Classique (shortened to MCC) is made from organic Colombard grapes, which were picked and driven 12 hours to the Cape, where the wine was made by expert bubbly winemaker JD Pretorius. First fermentation was natural and in old French oak barrels. Fourteen months on the lees in bottle before disgorgement in October 2017, with zero dosage. It's super fresh as a result, and truly remarkable given the provenance and what is (wrongly, clearly!) thought of as quite an ordinary grape variety. Good acidity as is typical of Lowerland's fruit, and lovely floral, stone fruit and apple flavours.

57 bottle(s) available for next day delivery*

*If you need a bigger quantity and can wait a little bit longer please contact us and we shall do our utmost to squirrel out some extra bottles for you as soon as we can.