The great thing about spending the festive season in Cape Town is that we live right in the middle of a winemaking region that produces exceptional sparkling wines that really could give the Old-World regions a run for their money (I’m talking about you, Champagne). Moreover, you don’t need to take out a second mortgage on your home to afford them. Here are six absolutely spectacular Méthode Cap Classiques you should be drinking this festive season.
Lanzerac Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
The Lanzerac Blanc de Blancs Brut NV, made from 100% Chardonnay, is a standout wine and an absolutely delicious way to celebrate the start or end of any day. This non-vintage MCC is a seductive yet refined wine with a creamy texture and rich biscuit notes that give way to vibrant apple and citrus fruits, while ultra-fine bubbles tickle the tongue and palate.
Buy: R250 on www.lanzerac.co.za
Muratie Lady Alice MCC Rosé 2015
Named after a true “belle of the ball”, Lady Alice Sarah Stanford, Muratie’s Lady Alice MCC Rosé is intended as a toast to a lady for whom every day was a celebration. This 100% Pinot Noir is a gorgeous rose-gold in colour that is floral in perfume and elegant in delivery. Bright strawberry, cranberry, and naartjie notes are pleasantly underscored by shortbread richness and a creamy mouthfeel.
Buy: R210 on www.muratie.co.za
Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay MCC
A pale straw yellow in colour, the delectable Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay MCC showcases a veritable fruit basket of vibrant aromas of apple, citrus, peach and sweet white blossom. This is supported by flavours of nectarine, pistachio nuts, and toasted croissant with fine bubbles and a long, refreshing finish. This exuberant MCC is the perfect companion to any special occasion!
Buy: R191 on www.steenbergfarm.com
Kleine Zalze Vintage Brut 2011
To craft this old-world-style sparkling wine, Kleine Zalze harvested super special parcels of Chardonnay 60% and Pinot Noir 40% grapes, which they bottle fermented and matured for three years. The result is this elegant and refined MCC that delivers indulgent, freshly baked biscotti and brioche aromas and a rich creaminess that is balanced by a delicate minerality.
Buy: R194 at cellar door; www.kleinezalze.co.za
L’Ormarins Brut Rose 2015 | Anthonij Rupert
L’Ormarins Brut Rose 2015 is a treat of the highest order with its delicate salmon pink colour, vigorous and lively bubbles, and gentle bouquet of raspberry and strawberry. This rounded yet zippy sparkling wine is made from 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay grapes originating from Elandskloof in the Overberg; a prime cool climate region for these cultivars.
Buy: R185 on www.rupertwines.com
Windfall Mendola MCC Blanc de Blanc Brut 2015
The handsome, elegant Windfall Mendola Blanc de Blanc MCC delivers delicate citrus aromas laced with peach, guava, and white blossoms followed on the palate with toasted butter and biscuit flavours. A crisp and refreshing MCC, the Windfall Mendola is a fabulous food wine that has good ageing potential, although who can bear to see a bottle of MCC unopened for long?
Buy: R200 on www.windfallwine.co.za