Peter Falke Signature MCC Brut 2014 & Nadia Graves’s Almond Cookies – 23.12.2016

Peter Falke Signature MCC Brut 2014

Peter Falke Wines is situated on Groenvlei Farm on the slopes of the Helderberg, amid some of the best-known vineyards in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation and is home to the Peter Falke Signature MCC Brut 2014.  Receiving cooling breezes from False Bay allows for longer hang time for the bunches on the vines adding greater flavour to the end product. With Werner Schrenk as Winemaker and GM of the winery, the wines have a consistency of style year on year.

Werner Schrenk & friend

The first vintage of this wine was the 2011.  Made in the classical Champagne style with a second fermentation in the bottle, the wine is designated Méthode Cap Classic.  It is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The grapes are picked in the early period of the ideal ripeness window and fermented dry.  The wines are then blended and bottled with a shot of sugar and a special ‘Champagne’ yeast. This fermentation causes the CO2 formed to be forced back into the wine which once opened releases itself in the form of the tiniest of bubbles. There is a period of lying on the yeast lees which adds the biscuit character to the wine. After disgorgement, the wine is packed with a cork closure and a wire muzzle.

Outdoor Lounge at Peter Falke Winery

It looks like
Packed in a traditional Champagne bottle, it has the cork closure and the wire muzzle with the simplest of labels. In the glass a pale lemon straw colour with the tiniest of bubbles rushing to the surface.

It smells like
Fresh, citrusy, yeasty.

It tastes like
Fresh baked brioche with sweet lemon marmalade. Crisp and zingy, the bubbles giving it a playful character. Full mouthfeel and flavours. Long aftertaste.

Nadia Graves’s Almond Cookies

It’s good with
A wine not only for celebration, but for other times too, when your life needs a lift, a refresher, nothing better.  Traditionally people will tell you to eat oysters, seafood, smoked salmon with a wine like this.  It would be great with the Roast Pork Leg, Gammon or indeed the ubiquitous Christmas Turkey.  It is surprisingly good with a cheese board too.  If you are drinking this in the late afternoon, you might try Nadia Graves’s Almond Cookies, which will have the nutty link to the wine.  Click here for her recipe.

Nadia Graves, well known Food Writer
& Teacher from the Dordogne

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