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Leopard Frog

Leopard Frog
2008 "Tryst MMC" Blanc de Blanc Prestige Cuvee, Stellenbosch

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12% RS: .2%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$19.95

Leopard Frog
2008 "Tryst MMC" Blanc de Blanc Prestige Cuvee, Stellenbosch

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12% RS: .2%
Gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, fresh brioche, and kiwi with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of minerality, citrus, and hint of smoke with no oak flavor. A robust, toasty sparkler that tastes that a mature Champagne.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: roasted nuts, fresh brioche, and kiwi
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of minerality, citrus, and hint of smoke
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Vesuvio, Grilled Salmon, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A robust, toasty sparkler that tastes that a mature Champagne.

The Importer

Leopard Frog Vineyards

The Importer
8 Royal Ascot Lane
Sandown, Sandton 2196
South Africa
27 11-884-3304

Other Sparkling

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Serve in a Champagne Flute
Sparkling wine covers many countries, grape types and quality levels. What all of these wines have in common are bubbles.

How the bubbles get there define the type and quality of the sparkling wine. The most famous sparkling wine of course is Champagne, from the eponymous region in France. These are made by what is known as the Champagne or "classic" method, where the secondary fermentation that produces the sparkle is done in an individual bottle. Other sparkling wines that use this method include Franciacorta and Alta Langa in Italy as well as Cava from Spain.

Other sparkling wines are made when the bubbles (or carbonation) is created in large tanks. While there are many inexpensive, simple sparkling wines made in this method, there are some excellent examples, most notably Prosecco.

Sparkling wines in many cases are meant to be drunk upon release, although the best examples of Champagne can age well for more than a decade. As sparkling wine is celebratory in nature, it is often used for toasting a special event, such as an anniversary or birthday. Yet the finest dry sparking wines work beautifully with a huge array of foods. These wines are arguably the finest food wines in the world.