Villiera Brut Natural 2009 wins SAA MCC TROPHY!

Tuesday, 5 November, 2013
Villiera Wines
The South African Airways (SAA) Wine Awards is an annual wine competition attracting over 1000 entries, judged by an international panel of judges. At a gala dinner on the 2nd of November 2013, SAA announced the winners of its competition for wines to be served on board its aircraft in 2014.
The winning wines will be served on all domestic, regional and international flights and in the airline’s business class lounges. That is the best part of this competition - the award results in a definite sale.

Villiera Wines is proud to announce that their Villiera Brut Natural Chardonnay 2009 was awarded the MCC Trophy as the best South African bottle fermented sparkling wine for 2014. This is the 6th time Villiera has been awarded the trophy by SAA for best Cap Classique.

Villiera Brut Natural was another pioneering effort from Villiera, first made in 1998. It is a Blanc de Blanc created for those consumers who are both environmentally aware and health conscious. Importantly, the addition of sulphur was avoided throughout the entire process.

HARVEST DETAILS: Only Chardonnay grapes were used which were sourced exclusively in our own ecologically friendly vineyards. Healthy, slightly unripe grapes were hand harvested and delivered in perfect condition to the cellar.

CELLAR TREATMENT: Whole bunches were carefully pressed. The cuvee underwent both a natural primary fermentation and natural malolactic fermentation, after which it evolved on the primary lees for a period of 6 months without the involvement of additives. After a controlled 2nd fermentation in the bottle, to create the magical sparkle, an extended 3 year period of yeast contact was allowed to ensure maximum development of this exceptional sparkling wine. The balance and softer style of this Cap Classique made it possible to avoid adding dosage which means it is extra dry and ideal as an aperitif. 

TASTING NOTES: A rich, creamy yeasty aroma with a full, ripe toasty flavour on the palate finishing dry with a savoury aftertaste.

The Villiera Brut Natural 2009 will be served to SAA Premium Class passengers from January to June 2014.

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