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Tanzanite Brut Rose Method Cap Classique NV

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Country:South Africa
Region:Western Cape
Grape Type:Pinot Noir
Winery:Tanzanite Wines
Product Description

Tanzanite Brut Rose Method Cap Classique is made from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.

It begins with a sumptuous and luminous pink appearance. Followed by a delicacy of red fruit aromas. The nose is generous and elegant. Fresh attack followed by a harmonious sensation on the palate. Perfectly balanced in the best Tanzanite Style which combines elegance and flair.

Yearly the grapes are sourced from Robertson. Hand picking of the grapes we do in small 18kg lots and then whole bunch pressing on every 5 Ton of grapes. Yields are around 450-480 liters per ton of grapes. Juice was inoculated with Prise de Mousse yeast for primary fermentation at cool temperatures for 8-10 days. This is followed by Malolactic fermentation on all base wines. The MLF ads depth and complexity to the base wines. With maturation the wine will get soft, creamy and elegant. Secondary fermentation took place in the bottle and wines were left on the lees and tasted every few months to monitor the ageing on the lees. Minimum time spent on the lees 24 months.

It’s the only area in the Western Cape where you will find Chalk in our soil.
The wine is made from selected vineyards. Limited to 6 000 bottles annually.
Age of the vines is around 10-15 years old.

Pairs well with roasted white meat, game, tapas, ham and smoked salmon.


Winery: Tanzanite Wines

The name Tanzanite, was inspired by Melanie's birthstone - the rare, beautiful and highly sought-after Tanzanite - this singular wine expresses her passion for creating unique sparkling wines in the time honored way.

She hires cellar space and makes her base wine in the old traditional French way of Hand harvesting and whole bunch pressing. Malolactic fermentation is done on all base wines as this gives the wine soft, creamy and elegant tones with maturation on the lees.
Wines are blended proportionally to the year’s vintage and quality. Mobile lines do the filtration, stabilization and bottling. The bottled wine is stored in Worcester where they work with the MCC. Riddling is done by hand (turning of the bottles to get the lees in the bottle neck). Then they hire in a mobile disgorgement unit to disgorge the wine. (Process of getting rid of the lees and adding the dosage). Then they wash and label the bottles with a mobile labeling line. All these mobile processes are done by temporary hand labor at least twice a year. The Cellar-hand Wilma and her family and friends helps Melany with all the hand labor processes. The production does not have the need to employ permanent workers so Melanie started working with the local previously disadvantaged individuals in the Worcester Community. She mainly works with ladies as there are plenty of ladies that would like to work part time, which also have a family they need to take care of, so if she plans ahead she can give these girls a temporary job in the times slots that suit them. In this way Melanie tries to make a difference and try to help the local community and uplift these girls. 
This is an ongoing continuous process that happens periodically throughout the year.

Date Founded: 2003
Owner: Melanie van der Merwe
Winery Philosophy: To Produce World Class South African Method Cap Classique Sparkling wine, that dazzles the mind, in the time honoured traditional way.

 

Melanie grew up in the Hex river valley where her late parent farmed with Export table grapes. She fell in love with the grape and vineyards and decided to venture into winemaking as her brothers were the farmers.

She studied BSC Agriculture at Stellenbosch University, worked in France at Louis Roederer Champagne, Moet & Chandon and Pommery in 3 vintages. She Worked at Distillers Corporation as Winemaker from 1994-1998. In 1998 Distillers corporation and Stellenbosch farmers winery merged and formed Distell. She was appointed as Sparkling winemaker of the group. She resigned in 2006 and started her own small sparkling wine production in 2003 which she launched in 2006.

Her Professional career:

1994 – Senior Wine Technologist at Distillers Corporation
1995 - 1998: Senior Sparkling winemaker at Distillers Corporation
The House of JC Le Roux (affiliate of Distillers) opened its doors in Devon Valley in Stellenbosch in September 1998 and from 1998 to 2001 she was appointed as Senior Sparkling wine maker at The House of JC le Roux.
2001-2006: Distillers Corporation and SFW merged and Melanie was appointed as Cellar Manager / Winemaker at the House of JC le Roux / Distell. This involved the management of the Wine cellar and making all sparkling wines for the JC le Roux and Distell group.
8 Million Liter’s carbonated champagne and 1 Million liter’s Cap Classique sparkling wine was made and all the cellar workers fell under her management. During her career at Distell she developed four new Cap Classique style sparkling wines JC Le Roux La Vallée (The first semi sweet MCC to be introduced to the South African Market), JC Le Roux Scintilla & Desiderius (Pongracz)(Two high end Special Cuvee’s made from selected vineyards).
2006 till present: Owns and produces her own Sparkling wine brand called: “Tanzanite”
She only produces Method Cap Classique sparkling wine made in the time honored traditional way.
Melanie specialized in the field of Method Cap Classique sparkling wine (French Champagne method) by working overseas.
She worked and observed the Champagne process during harvests in 1997 and 2002 in the Champagne region of France. She worked closely with the "Chef de Cave’s” at the Champagne houses:
Louis Roederer Champagne - Michel Pansu
Pommery Champagne - Thierry Gasco
Moet & Chandon Champagne - George Blanc
She also visited Sekt cellars in Austria and Germany specializing in making Charmatt (Tank Fermented) sparkling wine.
She was invited by VITEFF in 2009 to present her Method Cap Classique with a few other SA producers at the bi-annual VITEFF congress.

Melanie is married to Wentzel van der Merwe and have two daughters:
Marí van der Merwe (born 2001) and Hané van der Merwe (born 2003)

Awards for wines made during her career:

From 1998 till present:
Veritas: Double Gold for Pongrácz.
Veritas: Double gold for JC Le Roux Pinot Noir, Gold JC le Roux Pinot Noir.
4.5 Star Awards for 4 of her sparkling wines in WINE Magazine.
She won the SAA Cap Classique Trophy for Pongrácz Cap Classique 4 times.
Veritas Double Gold for JC le Roux Chardonnay and Gold for Desiderius.
London Wine Trade Fair: Pongrácz Award for "Best wine in its class"
Nominated: Business Woman of the Year - South Africa. She was awarded as one of the twenty leading Wine makers in South Africa - Melanie van der Merwe
Veritas: JC Le Roux Pinot Noir Rose Gold..
International wine and spirits competition: "Best wine in its class".
Winning Wine Magazine / Amorim Cork Cap Classique Challenge Desiderius 2000 Cap Classique, Desiderius 2001 and Scintilla MCC 2003 in 2006, 2008 and 2012.
Tanzanite:
Gold for Tanzanite MCC at Michelangelo Wine Competition, 4 star Platter’s wine Guide and Wine Magazine MCC challenge (since 2006). From 2015 till present 4.5 stars in Platter. Scored 93 and 90 Points from Tim Atkin British wine master in 2016 and 2018. According to Chef du Cave of Vieuve Cliquot Champagne: “Tanzanite Method Cap Classique is one of the best South African MCC’s on the market …if not the best one tasted.
2015,2016,2017 Tanzanite MCC and Tanzanite Magnum 2007 were in the 5 Star line up tasting for Platter’s Wine Guide.

Melanie received Publicity in:
Oprah Magazine, Wine Magazine, Wynlander, The Civil, Food & Home, Rooi Rose, Die Kat, Finesse
House and Leasure, Landbouweekblad, Leef magazine, TV SABC2. She also acts as speaker at various events.

Winery Production: 1400 / 9L cases
Varietals Produced: 830 cases of Method Cap Classique Brut (Chardonnay/Pinot noir)
580 cases of Method Cap Classique Rose (Pinot noir/Chardonnay)
Winemaker: Melanie van der Merwe

 

The family does not own any vineyards but each year they buy the grapes from these specific farms as it’s the best area for production of Chardonnay and Pinot noir for Method Cap Classique production.

Origin of Grapes: Robertson & Stellenbosch. There is a specific quality and style that‘s created. This can only be obtained by buying in the grapes used for making Tanzanite. The grapes come from Robertson (gives flintiness), Rawsonville (adds a creamy, clean taste) and Stellenbosch (gives longevity and structure). Yields are kept in check through aggressive pruning and suckering.

For the past 15 vintages Melanie has been buying grapes from Robertson as it’s the only area in the Western Cape with chalky soils. This is crucial in MCC production as the base wine made from these soils shows long ageing potential and specific flavors during ageing which is crucial for the Tanzanite style.
Melanie hires cellar space and makes her base wine in the old traditional French way of Hand harvesting and whole bunch pressing. Malolactic fermentation is done on all base wines as this gives the wine soft, creamy and elegant tones with maturation on the lees.
Wines are blended proportionally to the year’s vintage and quality. Mobile lines do the filtration, stabilization and bottling. The bottled wine is stored in Worcester where theywork with the MCC. Riddling is done by hand (turning of the bottles to get the lees in the bottle neck). Then they hire in a mobile degorgement unit to disgorge the wine. (Process of getting rid of the lees and adding the dosage). Then they wash and lable the bottles with a mobile labelling line. All these mobile processes are done by temporary hand labor at least twice a year. Cellar hand Wilma and her family and friends helps Melanie with all the hand labor processes. The production does not have the need to employ permanent workers so Melanie started working with the local previously disadvantaged individuals in the Worcester Community. She mainly works with ladies as there are plenty of ladies that would like to work part time, which also have a family you need to take care of, so if she plans ahead she can give these girls a temporary job in the times slots that suit them. In this way she tries to make a difference and try to help the local community and uplift these girls. 
This is an ongoing continuous process that happens periodically throughout the year.

MISSION: 
Tanzanite MCC is associated with African Sparkle. Inspired by Melanie's birthstone – the rare, beautiful and highly sought after Tanzanite – this singular wine expresses herpassion for creating unique sparkling wines in the time-honored traditional way. She has a quest for perfection and a desire to create wines, which, beyond their splendid taste, attain a perfect balance and provoke emotion. This quest is primarily related to very real factors such as the soil, origin of grapes, harvesting method, blending process and time spent on the lees during ageing. But, when they taste a wine it automatically evokes certain images and feelings. Celebrating your accomplishments and moments of success with generosity and grandeur is Melanie's essential mission. Discover who they are, discover their wines and values. Discover their dedication to making fine MCC that dazzle with the spirit of elegance and accomplishment.

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