Sparkling wine - What exactly is sparkling wine?
sparkling wine, too Cap Classique Method (MCC) called, has been manufactured in South Africa since 1971. The type of production is based on the champagne method from France. Just as with champagne takes place at Cap Classique Method Wines undergo a second fermentation in the bottle.
Strict regulations also apply to the production of MCCS in South Africa. The specifications regulate, among other things, Aged the base wines as well as storage and bottle fermentation. Regarding the grape varieties, they are: Winemaker but not tied to the typical Champagne grape varieties.
Sparkling wine - origin and history
The most popular sparkling wine Growing areas of the world are located in France, Spain, Italy, Germany and South Africa. France is considered the benchmark for the sparkling wine industry worldwide, with locally produced champagnes. But South Africa can also deal with its sparkling wines, according to the Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) style. Many sparkling wines from South Africa can keep up very well with the quality from France. One of the most famous MCC wineries in South Africa is Graham Beck, which it through the Cap Classic Brut has managed to be perceived as a very good champagne alternative all over the world.
Sparkling wine - smell and taste
Often points sparkling wine similar flavors as White wine on. The aromas range from citrus to pear to caramel and depend primarily on the grape variety used. Unlike many white wines, in which the wine is separated from the yeast, age sparkling wines in contact with the yeast for some time. thus attain sparkling wines often a slight yeast taste and therefore a special character.
Sparkling wine from South Africa
The counterpart to champagne from France in South Africa is the Cap Classique Method (MCC). In this method, the traditional way of sparkling wine production, also known as the champagne method. The MCC wines are known all over the world for their outstanding quality. The first MCC South Africa created this Winery Simonsig with the Kaapse Vonkel Brut.
Often for Cap Classique Method Wine the typical champagne grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier selected. However, not only the traditional champagne grape varieties are used, but also typical South African grape varieties such as Chenin Blanc. The one known worldwide Winery Delaire Graff was the first Winery, which one MCC sparkling wine from the grape variety Chenin Blanc manufactured.
South African White Wines - Order online in the shop
The MCC Brut Rosé from the winery Graham Beck or the Pierre Jourdan MCC Brut from the Winery Haute Cabrière are among the classics from South Africa. Also very special sparkling wines again MCC Chenin Blanc from the winery Wildekrans delight wine lovers all over the world.
In our Online shop you will find a large selection South African sparkling wines from different wineries. The WineStore (www.the-winestore.com) enables very easy and reliable ordering of sparkling wines from South Africa.