Carrol Boyes have released a sparkling wine that qualifies to be legally called “champagne” once again showing that the brand is determined to be taken seriously as a player in the wine industry.
The new limited edition Carrol Boyes Iconic Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs 2006 is the new kid on the block and now you can sip on a glass of French bubbly with a South African touch.
The imported Champagne label was officially approved by France’s Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne, which is the body that makes sure that only brands that produce sparkling wine from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France can call their wines “champagne”.
Carrol Boyes’s resident winemaker, Hendrik Snyman, says: “This is a collaboration between one of the most prestigious and luxurious products in the world and the fine art of Carrol Boyes.”
A decade of friendship between Snyman and the Charbaut family, winemakers and owners of a third-generation family vineyard in France, resulted in the creation of a champagne which is said to be a celebration of quality, style, excellence and authenticity.
The local winemaker lived with the Charbaut family in 2007, when he was taught the art of crafting authentic champagne. After moving back to South Africa, Snyman produced MCC for which he received several accolades.
“The methods (of MCC and Champagne) are the same, but you work with different fruit, grown in different conditions,” he says.
“So the challenges regarding the characteristics of what the grapes offer vary quite drastically from our grapes here in South Africa. The same ‘rules’ do not apply when it comes to the grapes itself. The “recipe” is very similar, but the raw materials are worlds apart,” Snyman adds.
The Champagne is produced with 100% chardonnay grown in the Grand and Premier Cru vineyards of Champagne.
Once the grapes are picked, they are pressed and left on the lees for 11 years. This is to ensure that there is an excellent balance between grape character and ageing.The collaboration produced only 1000 bottles, making the wine a limited edition.
* Carrol Boyes Iconic Champagne is available online via www.carrolboyeswines.com and at the Carrol Boyes flagship store in Somerset West, Cape Town.