All in all, a pleasant, mild sparkling aperitif, a surprise to me, for this grape.
The wait was rewarded with a very lovely wine that doesn't usually get any years behind it.
Never one to mince words, W. Blake Gray visited South Africa this year and in this and a companion piece on his own site, explored the effect of wind on terroir and wondered how much progress has been made in South African wine post-apartheid.
Like all the best fine-wine regions, South Africa can give you some things you can't get anywhere else.
Drink with fried chicken, outside, on a sunny day.
Next year this bottle will be old enough to drive. Don't wait. It's drinking great now.
Two years ago I happened upon a terrific story about a post-Communist comeback, of a family reclaiming its heritage after a Marxist dictator took it away. I'm sorry it took me so long to tell it, but better late than never.