86 pts Wine Advocate March 2020
A blend of 55% Chardonnay, 44% Pinot Noir and 1% Pinot Meunier, the 2017 Kaapse Vonkel Brut opens to aromas of apple, pear and leesy cheese rind with a soft nutty tone of lemon brioche. Medium-bodied, the wine is bright, but I was hoping for a touch more acid on the palate. The finish is fresh and crisp and delivers a lively lemony conclusion.
The 2017 vintage was a challenging one that led to a smaller, but very
promising harvest for the Stellenbosch region. The dry warm weather
produced grapes with small berries with great fruit intensity. The cooler
nights and warmer days during the ripening period resulted in grapes
with excellent colour and fruit formation. The components for this MCC
2017 did not disappoint and we were delighted with the quality and
intense fruit spectrum from the various blocks.
With an elegant light golden hue, this MCC displays vibrant aromas of
white peach, citrus blossom and a hint of strawberries. On the palate,
fresh apple is beautifully complimented by hints of nectarine and red
berries. Delicate bubbles and lively acidity contributes to an elegant
Kaapse Vonkel is ready to drink upon release. The 2017 has all the
attributes to gain in richness and complexity for 4 to 6 years.