Rickety Bridge Launches Their Maiden Cap Classique
“We are very excited about the launch of our maiden vintage Cap Classique”, says a delighted Wynand
Grobler, winemaker at Rickety Bridge. “Being in the MCC capital of South Africa, we are very pleased
to release yet another world-class W.O. Franschhoek bubbly. Our new release, a classic blend of 55%
Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir, captures in a bottle, the lively, stylish elegance which is Rickety
This gorgeous, enticing pale salmon pink Brut Rosé displays delicate citrus notes and hints of red
berries on the nose. On the palate, a crisp freshness combines seamlessly with a classic richness. The
fine continuous mousse kisses the palate and lifts the wine to a long elegant finish.
Delightful on its own, ideal for any occasion and perfectly paired with fresh oysters, shellfish-
especially steamed crayfish and salmon, as well as sushi and duck.
Already delicious, this wine has great aging potential for up to 15 years from harvest.
All grapes used in this Méthode Cap Classique originate from Franschhoek. The Pinot Noir vines
grow in sandy Tukulu soils on the banks of the Franschhoek River and the Chardonnay grapes on the
granite slopes of the Franschhoek Mountain, all low-yielding vineyards at 4.5 tonnes per hectare.
Both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were hand harvested on 18 January 2010 at 18⁰ and 20⁰Balling
respectively, into small crates and carefully transported to the cellar.
Fermentation of 30% of the blend took place in older small French oak barrels and the rest in
stainless steel tanks, using a noble yeast, namely CE 1118. The must was fermented between 14⁰
and 17⁰C and the lees was stirred daily for three months and then twice a week for a further three
months. Six months barrel maturation was followed by blending and bottling. During and after the
second fermentation in the bottle, the wine spent another twelve months on the lees before it was
de-gorged and released.