Awards: 3 1⁄2 * Wine Magazine. Veritas Silver Medal.
Always perfect, Gala is at home anywhere. She’s a méthode cap classique to fall in love with. Gala is our unique offering to the South African wine scene; a 24 month bottle-fermented (in the traditional manner), white Pinotage and Chenin Blanc blend. Her balanced fruit-forward palate ensures that Gala is an unforgettable beauty; one you take home and introduce to your parents. You can expect a subtle fruity palate and elegant mousse with a lingering sweet yeasty after taste. Sublime!
Colour: Cold Gold.
Aroma: Floral notes with yeasty undertones derived from bottle ageing.
Palate: A balanced fruit-forward palate with good structured acidity.
Rainfall: 800ml per annum.
The Vineyards: The vineyards are situated on a Southern Slope in the Franschhoek Valley. This specific vineyard experiences cool conditions; resulting in slow ripening and better phenolic ripeness.
Soil: The soil is sandy and white colour. It shows average water retention and the vines experience minimum stress throughout the year. The soil is carefully monitored, through use of a neuron meter, and it is supplemented (by drip irrigation) only when necessary.
Vinification/Maturing: The Gala grapes - Pinotage and Chenin Blanc are harvested and treated separately. Both the Pinotage and the Chenin Blanc are whole-bunched pressed. The Pinotage is treated, at the press, with a fining agent to remove any colour that is extracted. The Pinotage and Chenin Blanc are settled separately and fermented separately (with a selected yeast strain) at a constant cool temperature. Primary fermentation can take up to 3 weeks.
The wines are kept on the yeast lees (for a short period of time) after fermentation. Maturation takes place in the bottle for a minimum of 12 months. The current Gala Méthode Cap Classique has matured for 24 months.