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Methode Ancestral 2023

Embark on a journey through time with Methode Ancestral 2023, a sparkling marvel crafted by Bruwer Vintners. Embracing tradition dating back to the 15th century, this sparkling wine pays homage to its roots in the heart of Polkadraai Hills, Stellenbosch.

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Wine Information

Aging potential: Crafted for everyday enjoyment, Methode Ancestral 2023 is best savoured in its youthful exuberance, with no need for extended cellaring.

Blend information: Experience the purity of Pinotage, as Methode Ancestral 2023 showcases the varietal's unique character and charm.

Food suggestions: Elevate any occasion with Methode Ancestral 2023, whether as a captivating aperitif or paired with fresh fish dishes, accentuating its vibrant personality.

In The Cellar

All grapes are handpicked into small lug boxes of approximately 18 kg each. These boxes are then stored overnight in a refrigerated cooler at 4 degrees Celsius.

The following morning the grapes are placed, whole bunches, into the press. Juice is then extracted and allowed to naturally settle in a settling tank for 24 to 48 hours at 10 degrees Celsius.

The clear juice is then racked to a fermentation vessel, where spontaneous fermentation takes place at about 14 degrees Celsius.

When the sugar in the wine reaches a specific level, the wine is coarse filtered and then bottled, using a crown cap as closure. The final stage of fermentation takes place in bottle at 18 degrees Celsius.

The whole fermentation process takes about six months to complete. There is a light sedimentation that occurs in the bottle and there is never any sulphur added to the juice or wine in the production process.


This sparkling wine was made using the oldest method, dating back to the 15th century, Méthode Ancestrale.

No added sulphites in the wine and minimal intervention allows for maximum character. Pomegranate, fynbos and the most delicate brioche on the nose, with a mouth filling bubble burst.

Tasting Notes

Indulge in the allure of Methode Ancestral 2023, a sparkling revelation of pomegranate, fynbos, and delicate brioche.

Handling Of Wine

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Ageing Potential

a Seasonal wine, that gives utmost enjoyment in youth.

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Blend Information

100% Pinotage.

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Food Suggestions

Best as aperitif for everyday enjoyment.

Bruwer Vintners

In celebration of their Bruwer family heritage cousins, Bruwer Raats and Gavin Bruwer Slabbert created Bruwer Vintners Vine Exploration Company in 2014.

Their guiding mission is to craft exceptional wines showcasing its heritage, the unique terroir and, through this, create a new future for South African wine.


Raats Family Wines was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Polkadraai Hills as an official ward within Stellenbosch in 2007.  With its unique decomposed dolomite granite soils, proximity to the ocean and south facing slopes it allows for great depth of quality terroir, making itself known as producing some of the most exciting wines in the country. 

“What I was after was purity, freshness and lower alcohol levels.  This is precisely what the decomposed dolomite soils of Polkadraai Hills provides. Refined elegance and sophistication.  Classical winemaking at its best.” Bruwer Raats

Family Owned

Family-owned winery, crafting quality wines, nurtured from vineyard to cellar.


Rising gracefully from the vineyards in Polkadraai Hills Stellenbosch, Raats Family Wines stand in celebration of the unique dolomite granite soil of this tiny ward.

Founded in 2000 by visionary winemaker Bruwer Raats, in partnership with his cousin Gavin Bruwer Slabbert, Raats Family Wines specialize in Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc and has been crafting soil-driven wines of exceptional quality ever since.

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