Paul René, Chardonnay Brut 2019

Paul René is a family run business – started by winemaker Henk and his wife Monica van Niekerk. They love the philosophy and lifestyle of bubbly – the art of celebration – and so focus exclusively on Cap Classique.

Grapes are from Robertson, which is the heartland of premium Cap Classique – Pieter Ferreira, Silverthorn and Graham Beck are all from Robertson; there is definitely a theme.

100% Chardonnay grapes are hand picked and hand sorted before being lightly pressed – recovering only 420 litres of juice per ton of grapes! Initially fermentation occurs at 14 degrees Celsius in stainless steel tanks before the second fermentation in bottle. The wine then spends 44 months on the lees before riddling, disgorgement and bottling.

Expect citrus, honeysuckle, nougat, almond and bready notes to jump out of the glass. The pallet is filled with bright limestone acidity and a silky mousse. Delicious now and very capable of further ageing.

94pts, Platter’s 2024


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Chardonnay grapes were handpicked in Robertson in the early morning from our rich limestone soil vineyards. Crate by crate the whole bunches were passed into the press with a very low recovery rate of only 420 litres per ton. Fermentation took place in a stainless steel tank at 14 degrees Celsius. Secondary fermentation occurred in bottle and the wine spent a minimum of 44 months on the lees after which it was manually riddled and disgorged. Total production of 12 500 bottles (750ml).

The result is a bubbly that is rich with citrus blossom and nougat flavour. Adding to its crystalline citrus quality, are lemon curd and orange notes. The bright limestone acidity holds this svelte wine taut and fresh with some bready and creamy notes on the finish.

Technical Analysis
Vintage: 2019
Residual Sugar: 7.7 g/l
Total Acid: 6.6 g/l
pH: 3.06
Alcohol: 11.83%

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A perfect pairing for sushi or shellfish dishes like oysters, prawn & avocado ritz or langoustines.