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Just a sunny afternoon’s drive from Austin, Houston, or San Antonio, Majek Vineyard & Winery is located in the gorgeous countryside of the Texas Independence Wine Trail in Moravia, Texas. Lynne and Randy Majek are the proprietors and opened the doors to their winery in 2014. I have heard the buzz from Jeff Cope about this cool new winery so I had to see what all the fuss was about for myself. I procured a bottle of both the Sparkling Blanc du Bois and their Tempranillo, both dry wines. The wine I chose for review is the Sparkling Blanc du Bois, which is quickly becoming a very popular variation of said grape these days.
The bottle itself has an attractive label, which is busy enough to catch the eye but is simple and clean enough to retain its classy appeal. The closure is a bottle cap, which is simple and allows novice wine drinkers to open the bottle with little trouble, plus it highly reduces the chances of TCA (cork taint).
There’s something so beautiful when opening a sparkling wine. The bubbles come to life in excitement and the bread shop aromas have always captivated the senses, at least for me personally. This wine is no exception. The color is a pale straw and the bubbles a plenty. On the nose I was immediately hit with yeasty components, stone fruits, granny smith apples, and a nuance of mango. The palate pretty much sums up the nose with this one, however I detected less of the tropical fruit component on the palate vs. the nose. The structure of the palate is balanced and this wine is well made.
- Majek Vineyard & Winery Sparkling Blanc du Bois, 2014 vintage
- Appellation: Texas
- Grape varieties: Blanc du Bois
- Barrels: N/A
- Clarity/Brightness: Clear/bright with no detectable flaws and no evidence of sediment
- Tannins: N/A
- Acidity: High
- Alcohol: Low
- Finish: Medium Plus
- Alcohol by volume: 9.9%
- Retail price: $24.00
I can confidently recommend this wine to any and all Blanc du Bois fans out there, especially those of you fascinated with sparkling wines. This wine is clean and unflawed, so there’s not really anything to complain about on my end. One could argue that a traditional cork closure is more romantic and proper for a sparkling wine, but I am totally open to bottle caps, and I much prefer them to screw caps when it comes to bubbly.
Sip, savor, and enjoy my fellow aficionados.