The Zilver Cruys vineyard (translated by the Silver Cross) is one of the northernmost vineyard in Europe; making the harvest a challenge every year for Filip, owner of the land. 2016 has been a successful year for the winery: two wines have been rewarded with gold medals in the best Belgian wines competition:
A Pinot Noir A sparkling wine Brut Nature,
Fermented with the active dry yeast SafŒno VR 44 Fermented with the active dry yeast SafŒno CK S102
The Zilver Cruys range is pretty wide: it offers different white wines: a fresh and fruity Pinot Gris, a Chardonnay aged in barrel, but also a Pinot Noir et 4 sparkling wines (one of which – the Brut Tradition – has almost won a medal this year). All these wines are fermented in direct inoculation. For all these wines, Filip pitches the yeast directly into the fermentation tank thanks to the easy-2-use process.
The Silver Cross domain was named because of the 12 meters monument in front of it: “The cross of reconciliation”. Indeed, the vines stand above an old battle field from the First World War.
Filip Decroix is a descendant of a Belgian front soldier. His great grandfather was one of the most decorated soldiers who were fighting with the landsmen sealers (called Green Evils). In 2014, for the centenary commemoration, a poppy flavored sparkling wine was produced – the Poppy Wine. This wine has even been served at the British parliament.
Lastly, everyone knows it, Belgium is well known for its wide range of beers! A new idea has grown in the winemaker mind: produce a sparkling wine with hops. The cuvee will be disgorged in July 2017 – the previous tests have been very promising; bringing the three sensations of wine, beer and cider.
The exclusive use of Fermentis products by the Zilver Cruys domain permits a good continuity and a very good freshness for the wines according to Filip. Indeed, besides the active dry yeasts used by the winemaker, other fermentation activators are also added – especially theSpringarom, preserving the freshness and wines aromas.