August Bubbly Club: Strandveld

Strandveld-Skaamgesiggie-Pinot_noir-sparklingStrandveld Vineyards
Pinot Noir Brut 
South Africa


The delicate Cap Classique is made in the traditional method from Pinot Noir grapes. It highlights notes of strawberry, cherry and oyster shell and has a fine, lingering mousse that delights the palate.

The wine is named after the very rare and beautiful Protea pudens, affectionately known as the Skaamgesiggie or in English the “Bashful Sugarbush”, because of its unique downward hanging flowers. This shy Protea is endemic to the Strandveld. It is endangered and is categorized as a ‘red data’ species.

Analysis: 11.23% alcohol / volume
Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Residual Sugar: 6.1 g/L
Total Acidity: 6.6 g/L
pH: 3.27
Appellation: Elim, Cape Agulhas, South Africa
Bottling: En tirage for second fermentation on August 3, 2018. Disgorged August 16, 2019.
Pairing Recommendations: Oysters, salads, sushi, salmon, trout, duck breast or a yogurt dessert (recommended recipe below).

Winter of 2017 was one of the driest in the Western Cape in the last century; fortunately, the winter rains were within average range. The winery received very late cold fronts with icy rain in mid-September. The storm did extreme damage to the young shoots, so while they received water for irrigation, the price paid was the loss of half of their potential crop almost overnight. In late November, they had a further blow with a hail storm that caused more vineyard damage – resulting in the final harvest crop being on average a very low 3.5 ton/ha. The conditions during the rest of the growing season were moderate with cool, dry weather and the small crop was handled with care to make the most of it. The result was a small, concentrated vintage, comparable to 2015.

Specially selected Pinot Noir grapes were harvested at 65.3ºF, and were cooled to 35.6ºF before being loaded whole bunch into the press for 5 hours with skin contact. Only the first 550l of juice per ton obtained from gentle pressing was used. The clear juice was cold fermented with selected year strains. After fermentation, the base wine was matured in 500L French oak barrels for 7 months. The base wine was then reinoculated with yeast and a small amount of sugar, then bottled under crown cap for a second fermentation.

Driven by a deep passion for premium, quality wines, and the spirit of discovery, Strandveld refers to the coastal belt of land which straddles the coastline around Africa’s southernmost tip at Cape Agulhas – where the vineyard proudly stands. This confluence of maritime climate, varying sites and soil types creates the diversity of terroir that distinguishes their unique and remarkably complex wines. Learn more about their history here.

Strandveld Vineyards

Terrior Standveld Vineyards

Strandveld Vineyards South Africa

Recipe Recommendation:


  • Makes 6-8 servings


  • 2 cups Fresh Cream
  • 2 cups Double Cream Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 3 granadillas (or fruit of your choice)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries


  • Mix the cream, yogurt and condensed milk together and stir until smooth
  • Divide evenly among ramekins
  • Bake in a preheated over at 140ºC (284ºF for about 10 minutes)
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool at room temperature (or refrigerate for later)
  • To serve, scoop out the pulp of half a granadilla onto each baked yogurt
  • Finish with a generous scoop of berries

© Information provided by Strandveld Vineyards.
© Recipe from Liezie Mulder’s Book “île de païn-anytime”

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September Bubbly Club

Astraeus RoséBubbly Wine ClubWaterkloof
Astraeus Rosé Pinot Noir MCC
Elgin Valley, South Africa


“In Greek mythology, ASTRAEUS, father of the four wind gods and the stars was an astrological deity known as the god of the dusk. Appropriately he married Eos who was the goddess of the dawn. Together they had many children, one of whom was named Boreas: God of the cold north wind, which howls relentlessly through Waterkloof’s vineyards and so defines the character of our grapes and resulting wines. While many people believe Waterkloof’s logo depicts a blowing man, it is actually a blowing god – Boreas. No myth, this palest of pale MCC rosés is a true product of nature.” – Waterkloof Wines

This is a lightly colored Pinot Noir Rosé with fine bubbles and not an overpowering mousse. It gives off floral and mineral aromas and strikes a fine balance on the palate between elegance and fine supporting structure. It can be enjoyed on its own or with some classic red fruit desserts.

Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume
TA: 6.2g/l
pH: 3.2
Residual Sugar: 5.24 g/l

The grapes for Astraeus were sourced from an organically farmed vineyard in Elgin Valley, in the Western Cape of South Africa. Here, the Pinot Noir grapes receive enough cold temperatures during the winter season, as well as during the growing season, with Elgin Valley’s natural level of cloud cover. Elgin has a big diversity in soil types, but this particular vineyard consists of Table Mountain sandstone, which imparts a minerality to the wine.

Vineyard Work 1

This hand harvested Pinot Noir is whole bunch basket pressed for the purest juice; no further maceration is allowed. The juice is then left to settle naturally for 12 hours. From there, wild yeast fermentation, with no additions, takes place in old 600 liter barrels, where the wine spends 9 months on the lees. With bottling, champagne yeast is added and the wine is left in bottle on the lees for a further 11 months; after it is disgorged and left under cork for a further 7 months, the wine is ready to be released.

In 1993 Paul Boutinot commenced his search for a vineyard site with the potential to produce truly fine wine with a defining sense of origin. The classic areas, capable of growing naturally balanced grapes such as the Cote d’Or, Chablis, Paulliac, Barolo, etc. were either unavailable or unattainable (rich men’s toys), so he had to find a new classic. It took ten years to narrow the search down to a small area on the south-facing slopes of the Schapenberg, overlooking False Bay in the Cape. As soon as he was led up a steep ravine opening out into a hidden amphitheater of potential, all his experience and intuition told him: THIS IS IT! Waterkloof was born, and the hard work began.  Learn more about the Waterkloof story here >


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