Wine Maker Notes
“This Cuvee of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir has elegant aromas, is rich and full on the palate with a pleasant, lasting mousse. Sophora exhibits an array of ripe fruit flavors and vibrant citrus combined with delicate yeasty characters and a naturally balanced acidity to produce a luscious style of sparkling wine.” Jane De Witt, Winemaker.
Wine AnalysisComposition 52% Chardonnay 48% Pinot NoirpH 2.96 Total Acidity 7.31 Alcohol 12% Residual Sugar 16 g/L
Our grapes are harvested at optimum balance between fruit flavor, acidity and sweetness. The juice is separated gently from the skins and then undergoes full malolactic fermentation, staying in constant contact with the yeast lees to increase the texture of the wine. After cellaring, the cuvee base wines are gently fined and carefully blended. The blended base cuvee has sugar and yeast added and is then bottled. The bottles are laid to rest inside our temperature controlled cellars to undergo secondary fermentation in the bottle. The fermentation lasts six to eight weeks, during which time the sugar is converted to alcohol and CO2. The CO2 pressurises the bottle and gives the Sophora its delicate bubbles. The cuvee matures in the bottle on lees for at least 12 months and then yeast is removed and the wine sweetened.