Are you ready to celebrate Christmas and ring in the new year in style? There are a few Swartland MCCs and sparkling wines that should be gracing your table this festive season is you want to make a splash.
Here’s the definitive list of Swartland bubblies you should be sipping on this summer:
Méthode Cap Classique From The Swartland
Nieuwedrift Cap Classique is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, harvested from the boutique winery’s award-winning vineyards. The clean, lime-fresh flavours develop over 14 months on the lees, and has become a favourite with fun-loving West Coast ladies. No unwelcome ‘sweet surprises’ in this bottle – it truly is a brut. Best enjoyed alongside fresh West Coast oysters.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org| Telephone number: + 27 64 607 0041| Website: www.nieuwedrift.co.za
Org de Rac
Org de Rac Cuvee La Verne Method Cap Classique is harvested early in the season to preserve the natural acidity and delicate fruity flavours of the Chardonnay grapes. This elegant Blanc de Blancs presents with a whiff of green apple and citrus on the nose. Seductive hints of subtle biscuit creates a lively multi-layered taste.
Email: email@example.com | Telephone number: + 27 22 913 2397 | Website: www.orgderac.com
Wildehurst Méthode Cap Classique Cinsaut 2017 is made from whole-bunch pressed Cinsaut that was immediately taken of the skins and underwent a cool, slow wild fermentation in stainless steel tanks. It was then kept on the lees for twelve months before disgorging. This results in a unique expression of Cinsaut with a fine mouse and a firm acidity. Delicate pink lady apples and a Muscat bouquet carries through to the pallet. Wildehurst makes two other wines in this style as well – have a look on their website!
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Telephone number: + 27 60 374 9267 | Website: www.wildehurst.com
Pulpit Rock Louisa MCC Brut 2017 boasts vivacious, cascading bubbles that fill the mouth with hints of fresh green apple, white peach and elegant lemon zest. Rounded by a velvety, yet crisp mouthfeel, this MCC is perfectly served as a welcoming drink with canapés or to accompany smoked salmon or sushi.
Email: email@example.com | Telephone number: + 27 22 461 2028| Website: www.pulpitrock.co.za
Dragon Ridge Wines
Dragonridge Supernova Méthode Ancestral is made in the ancestral French way, which unlike MCC, adds nothing to the fermentation in the bottle, using only its own sugars and wild yeasts. It has a delicate pink hue due to the inclusion of Pinotage, which also brings a great deal of red fruit to the wine.
Sparkling Wines From The Swartland
Kloovenburg Blanc de Noir Shiraz Brut N/V boasts ripe aromas of strawberry and cherry. The palate shows cranberry and candy floss with a well-balanced acidity. Pairs well with dessert pancakes, duck, Thai foods and goat’s cheese.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Telephone number: +27 72 596 6239 | Website: www.kloovenburg.com
Swartland Winery Cuvee Brut is a refreshing sparkling wine with mineral flavours. Full and not too dry with fresh and crisp acidity, it pairs well with mild and strong cheeses, appetizers, shellfish and seasonal fruit.
Email: email@example.com| Telephone number: +27 22 482 1134 | Website: www.swartlandwinery.co.za
Made with 66% Chardonnay & 34% Pinot Noir, Riebeek Cellars’ Pieter Cruythoff Sparkling Brut is extra dry but maintains a complex, fruity nose of tropical fruit and biscuit flavours. Crisp acid ensures a fresh, clean and very drinkable sparkling wine that pairs perfectly with lighter meals like pasta, salmon and salads.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Telephone number: +27 22 448 1213| Website: www.riebeekcellars.com
There you go – our top list of bubblies from our Swartland producers. Stock up and enjoy a merry festive season! We’ll be back in 2019 with more advice on travel and tourism in the Swartland region. Keep an eye on the blog and get ready for a bumper year of exciting events, gorgeous vintages and all things lovely and delicious.