This year we are celebrating 50 years of South Africa’s finest: Cap Classique.
The very first Cap Classique, produced by Simonsig from the harvest of 1971, was released in 1973 under the name Kaapse Vonkel meaning “Cape Sparkle”.
50 years later the promise of quality at Simonsig continues, evident in Johan Malan’s recent award of the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award for 2020.
The term Cap Classique has been used in South Africa since 1992, promoted diligently by the Cap Classique Association which now has over 250 producers throughout the Cape.
The name is derived from the fact that, by law, sparkling wines made here are not allowed to be called “Champagne”, although exactly the same methods are used as in France. This gave rise to the name: Cap (Cape) Classique (classic French method). It is the classic method of making champagne by creating a second fermentation in the bottle and has become a prestigious category that’s exclusive to South Africa.
We have put together a fantastic MCC mixed case which should appropriately get you in the mood for celebrating this sparkling 50-year milestone.
Mixed case includes:
L’Avenir Brut Rose 2017
Huis van Chevallerie Filia Brut Nature MCC 2015
Graham Beck Brut NV
Silverthorn River Dragon NV
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2018
Villiera Tradition Brut NV