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Villiera Starlight Brut NV



Most low alcohol wines are insipid so I approached the Villiera Starlight Brut NV – The Light Cap Classique (R95 a bottle) with a fair degree of trepidation. It is, however, an entirely sound proposition.

From 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinotage, a small amount of alcohol was removed prior to secondary fermentation  (final abv is 9.62%) and the wine spent 12 months on the lees.

There’s citrus and a vague biscuit character, a fine bubble and bright acidity. Nicely balanced, refreshing and indeed light.

Score: 85/100.


  1. Reverse osmosis?

    • According to Jeff Grier of Villiera: Some alcohol was removed from the base wine via reverse osmosis. The grapes were also picked earlier than usual to ensure minimal removal.

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