The Wine: This is a refreshing Cap Classique that suits all palates. The light yellow-gold hue is well complemented by creamy buttery tones and citrus notes with the off-dry palate adding another dimension of complexity. The fresh and fruity style of the wine brings out the lightness with hints of pears, litchi and primary fruit. Crafted in a lighter style, La Vallée is enjoyed by people with a drier palate as well as those enjoying a slightly sweeter taste.
Food Pairing: Enjoy with marsala chicken drizzled in coriander and coconut mayonnaise, or pan fried smoked Norwegian salmon.
Grape: Pinot Noir
Producer: J C Le Roux
Winemaker: Elunda Basson
Wine Region: Stellenbosch
At a Glance: ABV: 12.1% RS : 35 g/l PH : 3.13 TA : 6.38 g/l
TYPE : Cap Classique STYLE :Off Dry CLOSURE : Cork
In the Vineyard: The classic champagne varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are sourced from a selection of prime vineyards in the Western Cape region. The sites are chosen for their varying slope orientation, soils and micro-climates essential for the diverse building blocks needed to impart complexity. The Pinot Noir vines grow in deep red soil at an altitude of 320m above sea level, whilst the Chardonnay comes from vineyards at 100m to 200m above sea level.
In the cellar: The House of J.C. Le Roux was the first South African cellar to produce a demi-sec Cap Classique. La Vallée is a blend of predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In the cellar the grapes are whole bunch pressed and left to settle overnight. Only the cuvée, or best quality free running juice is used for the base wine. After secondary fermentation in the bottle, the wine is left to mature on the lees for 12 months to develop complexity and character. The sediment is removed by the traditional French method of remuage and degorgement.