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Thelema Blanc de Blancs 2012

There was a time when Méthode Cap Classique was the preserve of a few specialists but now just about every self-respecting cellar feels compelled to have one in the range and Thelema in Stellenbosch is no different. From 100% Elgin Chardonnay, it was left on the lees for 28 months. The nose shows a hint […]

March 21, 2016
by Christian
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Alexandra de la Marque Krone 2010

Alexandra de la Marque Krone 2010 is the first Méthode Cap Classique from Matthew Krone since his family sold Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate in Tulbagh to wine company Vinimark. Total production amounting to 6 000 bottles, it was launched on 29 February with further releases only in future Leap Years – a smart way of […]

March 10, 2016
by Christian
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Elgin Ridge MV 2011

Elgin Ridge is owned by Brian and Marion Smith, he attending to winemaking and she to the vineyards, the “MV” designation of this maiden vintage Méthode Cap Classique standing for “Marion’s Vineyards”. The Elgin Ridge wines taste wonderfully idiosyncratic, none more so than this bubbly. A blend of 83% Pinot Noir and 17% Chardonnay, it […]

March 4, 2016
by Christian
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Babylonstoren Sprankel 2011

Sprankel from Babylonstoren in Paarl which won bronze at the recent Wine Label Design Awards also happens to be the best wine yet from this cellar. A Méthode Cap Classique from 100% Chardonnay, it spent four years on the lees and features zero dosage. Aromatics include green apple, lemon and a subtle yeasty note while […]

February 26, 2016
by Christian
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Le Lude Reserve Rosé

Le Lude is a Franschhoek property owned by former attorney Nic Barrow and his wife Ferda. The cellar specialises in Méthode Cap Classique, Paul Gerber in charge of winemaking. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows: Le Lude Reserve Brut Approximate retail price: R190 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, 36 months […]

October 7, 2015
by Christian
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Charles Fox Cipher Brut 2011

Another prestige cuvée Méthode Cap Classique, this time from Elgin producer Charles Fox. Called Cipher, it’s a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, it spent 42 months on the lees and costs R450 a bottle. It’s a somewhat peculiar offering with a pronounced apple character – both yellow and red – plus a […]

March 11, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Boschendal Jean Le Long Blanc de Blancs 2007

The Jean Le Long Blanc de Blancs 2007 is the “prestige cuvee” in Boschendal’s Méthode Cap Classique range selling for R450 a bottle. 100% Chardonnay, five years on the lees before disgorgement and a further year on the cork before release. It’s a dramatic stuff. Ripe citrus, brioche and even a little bee’s wax – […]

February 24, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Clos Malverne MCC Ellie 2011

“White makes you think of silly things, red wine makes you talk of silly things but bubbly makes you do silly things,” says Suzanne Coetzee, winemaker at Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch. Nothing too silly happened at the launch of the first ever Clos Malverne Méthode Cap Classique. Called Ellie in honour of the mother of […]

November 22, 2013
by Christian
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