Silverthorn The Genie NV MCC


The Genie was hand harvested in mid February in the early

hours of the morning at 19 degrees balling. The grapes were

whole bunch pressed with a very low recovery rate of only

550 liters per ton – this ensures that no bitter tannins are

extracted and leaves the juice with a beautiful light purple

colour. The colour gradually evolves into a salmon pink.

Fermentation took place in a stainless steel tank at 15 degrees

Celsius. Secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle and

the wine spent a minimum time of 15 months on the lees

after which it was manually riddled and degorged. Total

production – 14 000 bottles.



Richly entwined in Arabian folklore, Genies are best described as free-willed spirits

formed from smokeless fire. Capable of using their power to create either magic or

mischief, Genies were popularised in the Tales of One Thousand and One Nights.

Traditionally, Rosé Champagne is made form two red varieties, namely Pinot Noir

and Pinot Minuer. With Silverthorn The Genie we broke the rules. Embracing the

free-willed spirit of the Genie, we opted for something far more daring and exotic,

and used Shiraz, an ancient grape variety, originating from Persia. We’re delighted to

reveal that the results have been pure magic!




Colour/appearance: Bright onion skin – fine twirling bead of bubbles.

Nose: Exotic bouquet of Turkish delight and rose water.

Palate: Fresh raspberries and sherbet flavours supported by a velvety texture,

fine mousse and lengthy finish.


Alc – 11.9%; RS – 8.6g/l; pH – 3.09; TA – 7.2g/l


Salmon gravadlax on crisp rye toast – Parma ham and red figs –

Strawberries macerated with black pepper

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