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Silverthorn The Green Man 2010

Quantum fizzics.

While there’s plenty of mediocre Cap Classique about (technically flawed examples sell anyway because everyone loves bubbles), the best examples are more or less the match of the non-vintage offerings of the bigger Champagne houses. Right now The … [Read more...]

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% … [Read more...]

2013 Amorim Tsogo Sun Cap Classique Challenge Results

Party on.

The results of the the thirteenth annual Amorim Tsogo Sun Méthode Cap Classique Challenge are as follows: Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner: Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut 2009 Best Brut Non-Vintage: Colmant Brut Best Rosé Non-Vintage: Graham … [Read more...]

Charles Fox Brut 2010

Part of the non-aligned movement.

Predictably it’s Moët being drunk at Mangaung (see here) but there’s some smart new Cap Classique around for those of us less well connected. Charles Fox Brut 2010: 16.5/20 Approximate retail price: R215 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot … [Read more...]

J.C. Le Roux La Vallée NV

Add lemon to taste.

Also with mild chicken curry, La Vallée NV, the off-dry Cap Classique from  The House of J.C. Le Roux, bubbly division of producer-wholesaler Distell. This did not meet with a favourable reaction from those assembled. “Not much better than Grand … [Read more...]

Groote Post The Old Man’s Sparkle Brut NV

How Mer-lot can you go?

Groote Post The Old Man’s Sparkle Brut NV is a rosé although there is little to indicate this from the packaging. Once in the glass, it shows intense red fruit, an energetic mousse and somewhat tart acidity. Pleasant enough but lacking nuance.  It’s … [Read more...]