‘If the sky could dream, would it dream of dragons?’
“Dragons exist in the realm of magic, but their origins are grounded by our collective fascination and curiosity in nature. Perhaps inspired by dinosaurs, there is a rich and ancient history of dragons throughout the world. Draco Africanus, the majestic African Dragon, is alleged to have spent its time whimsically flying and “skywriting” with smoke. Benevolent, wise and powerful, the ‘River Dragon’ of Silverthorn appears eternally silhouetted against the River Without End Mountains.”
The latest release from Silverthorn , one of South Africa’s leading Cap Classique producers, was our Christmas bubbly of choice this year. Eager to taste since visiting the farm in August prior to its release. The fourth Cap Classique to be released from this producer is a little more accessible on price point and palate than its predecessors.
But John Loubser makes accessible exquisite. Acacia barrel aged Colombard from 35 year old vines makes it the most charming expression of this variety I have come across. Colombard, on its own, can be fairly bland or shy shall we say. Using old acacia barrels has lifted the floral aromatics and contributed an intriguing texture. Combined with the natural acidity of Colombard; the result is a beautifully fresh, moreish and surprisingly generous Cap Classique. Vibrant green hue, aromas of white stone fruit and apple blossom. On the palate the mousse is luxuriously soft yet spirited. Flavours of honey due melon, golden delicious apples and crushed almonds are apparent. Excellent length and a perception of fruit sweetness allures you back for more.
This is one of those Cap Classiques, that you can sip on throughout summer. It is smashable but in the most charming manner. It makes you thirsty for more… And at R190 cellar door I will certainly be buying case loads of it this summer.