LET US CELEBRATE THE DOMAINE DES DIEUX WOMAN
Our Claudia embodies the “Celebration of Life.” it is a traditional method bottle fermented sparkling wine made from Chardonnay (79%) and Pinot Noir (21%). Following fermentation in bottle, the wine spends 48 months on its lees, developing creamy, brioche notes, and refining its mousse. Apple and creamy lemon curd notes mingle with a hint of perfumed red berries. On the palate, the expansive mousse is both creamy and mineral. The wine is keenly balanced with a long finish of citrus fruits and toasty brioche notes. Our maiden vintage was produced in 2006 and our current vintage is the 2011.
Our Rose of Sharon embodies the “Celebration of Love.” When making our (80%) Pinot Noir and (20%) Chardonnay Brut Rose we use the saignee method to achieve the colour. Juice is “bled off” (saignee) from the press when it has extracted the right level of colour. The base wine is then cool fermented in steel vats to preserve their delicate fruit flavours followed by 48 months bottle ageing on its lees. Strawberry, black cherry, raspberry notes jump out of the glass with a hint of rose water in the background. The mousse is fine and soft, with a rich, generous attack developing beautifully in the mouth into a clean, dry finish. Our maiden vintage was produced in 2007 and our current vintage is the 2010.
Our Josephine Pinot Noir is named after Napoleon Bonaparte first wife. Josephine was known to be the most glamorous and alluring woman in Paris. She was intelligent and ambitious for power, at a time when woman had no power, she would seize what she could. Much like its namesake, our Pinot Noir is powerful yet feminine. This wine has a deep evolved garnet colour with a very fragrant typical Pinot Noir nose, sweet strawberry overlaid with fresh earth and a whiff of tertiary tobacco. It is a persistent, sexy, opulent wine in the mouth, while packed with berry fruit and supported by lovely balancing acidity and fine resolved tannins. This wine is ageing beautiful.
The 09th August 1956, a day which has made South African history, was a day that approximately 20 000 Women took a stand and staged a march on the Union Buildings to protest against the “pass laws”. This was a day that women of all races stood together and protested for their rights. “Wathint'Abafazi Wathint'imbokodo!“ - “You strike a Women, you strike a rock!”
Let us a raise a glass of Claudia to celebrate the lives of the beautiful women who marched for the rights of all South Africa woman. Let us raise a glass of Rose of Sharon to celebrate the love these women had for each other while standing in solidarity. Let us raise a glass of Josephine Pinot Noir to celebrate the ambition, strength and determination these woman had to fight for their rights, making a mark in South African history.
In celebration of our women we have put together a special for the month of August, a mixed case consisting of 2 x Claudia MCC 2011, 2 x Rose of Sharon MCC 2010 and 2 x Josephine Pinot Noir 2012 selling for R900/case (normally R1100.) We will also be holding a woman’s day bottomless bubbly brunch on the 9th of August at our tasting room. Happy Womens Day to all the lovely Women in our lives, from the Domaine des Dieux team.