Tuesday, December 15, 2009
S. Africa Sparkler.
Pongrácz, Western Cape, South Africa, NV.
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.
This was a fun little sample I received from Fresh & Easy, a new small scale (though multiple) market in LA and surrounding areas that I believe is an offshoot of Tesco in the UK. Well you know the Brits love their S. African wines, and me, well, I haven't been the biggest fan of wines from this region, but this sparkler was really a nice little surprise.
Restrained aromatics, lemon, apple fruit on the palate, a clean simple, easy drinking wine, great for the holidays when you have a lot of people to pour for. Two years lees aging, which adds a light biscuity quality, and it has a fairly high dosage at 11 g/l which balances the acidity.
What's great is the price, $14.99 and you can pick it when you get your holiday ham!