Champagne Showers – Our pick of South African bubblies you simply have to taste!

by admin on June 22, 2016 Comments 0

At Sky Fans we love the finer things in life, which is why we can’t get enough of our local MCCs – some of the best in the world! Join us as we take a closer look at some of the finest to grace the local and international market…

South Africa’s rich and eclectic winemaking history dates back to as far as 1659, when settlers first began to harvest grapes in the Constantia region in the Western Cape. Today, the country is home to some of the finest international wines in the world, thanks to its mostly mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and wet, cool winters. The Mountains, valleys and long stretches of greenery also make for the perfect grape-growing conditions – particularly in areas such as Stellenbosch, Paarl, The Breede River Valley, Franschhoek and Constantia.

While the practice of creating a traditional Method Cap Classique had humble beginnings in South Africa (with only 20 or so farms producing this highly sought-after sparkling wine initially), there are over 100 cellars in the country that produce it today.

Graham Beck Wines Cuvee Clive

Graham Beck Wines is a well-known name in the world of award-winning Methode Champenoise-style wines but most notably for the Cuvee Clive. This MCC sounds humble by name but is truly exceptional when it comes to the rigorous quality assurance process it undergoes before reaching the lips of discerning consumers.

Easily paired with a variety of dishes – and complex in its flavour and aromas – the Cuvee Clive is simply one of South Africa’s best sparkling creations, living up to Graham Beck Wines’ reputation for consistent winemaking excellence.

Uitkyk Glass Memoires

The finery of Uitkyk’s Glass Memoires goes far beyond its pale yellow tint or its subtle hints of lime. What truly makes this MCC so special is the story behind its creation: It was inspired by the glass windows at the entrance to the restored Uitkyk Manor House, where countless couples have etched love notes to one another, for over 100 years, using the diamonds from their engagement and wedding rings. Uitkyk describes their Glass Memoires MCC as “a tribute to momentous moments and occasions worth remembering…” and we agree.

Krone Night Nectar Demi Sec

Krone seems to attribute the success of its MCC range to the fermentation and maturation process each variant undergoes, which could well be the reason for the quality of each. For us, the Krone Nectar Night Nectar Demi Sec bears testament to this commitment to excellence. While this distinctive MCC showcases the Tulbagh region in taste and form, it does embody a number of traditional elements. It’s perfect combination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir speak to these elements – showing a commitment to recreating the magic and appeal of a traditional French Champagne.

As South African winemaking grows from strength to strength, we look forward to seeing with classic MCCs, and their newer counterparts, will continue to bring a touch of sparkle and luxury to our lives in the coming year.