Highlights: two Cap Classiques from Pieter Ferreira

Pieter Ferreira is so well known for his work at Graham Beck, and for promoting the whole category of Cap Classique. He now has his own label with his wife Ann, which she is technically the owner of. Pieter likes to joke that he sleeps with the boss – I wrote about their wines in detail last year. I tried these wines over the last two evenings – the first in Hermanus and the second in Franschhoek. They are really good!

Birdsong Extra Brut 2018
12% alcohol. 61% Chardonnay, 31% Pinot Noir, dosage 3.8 g/l. This is brightly aromatic and really sophisticated with lemons, fine toast and some floral detail. The palate is bright and taut with a core of citrus fruit as well as some pear and almond notes, as well as a twist of cherry. So refined, with beautiful balance. 93/100 

Pieter Ferreira Blanc de Blancs 2016
12% alcohol. Darling and Robertson, 50% each. Darling is for purity and acid, Robertson for limestone. 1.8 g/l dosage. Very fine and expressive with pear, white peach and some lemon with fine spicy notes. Has depth and precision. Thrilling and in a good place. 94/100