Stellenbosch is the connoisseur of wine making in the Western Cape province so it is no surprise that it has vineyards that have mastered the creation of Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) which is South Africa’s customised version of champagne.
According to James Ochse who is a winemaker at Stellenbosch Hills, Chardonnay is one of the three main varieties used in the making of champagne.
“Stellenbosch is the birthplace of Cap Classique and some of the most awarded bubblies hail from our region.”
Here are two vineyards in Stellenbosch that are producers of MMC.
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Louisvale is found close to the Devon Valley just outside Stellenbosch. Louisvale doubles as a wine farm and a function venue.
Louisvale started making wine in 1988 and creates superior Chardonnay wines which have won numerous prestigious wine awards, Louisvale boasts of its own award winning Chardonnay cultivar.
The manor’s mantelpiece proudly carries three Michelangelo Golds awarded for the Louisvale MCC Brut, MCC Rose and the Louisvale 2018 Chardonnay.
Stellenbosch Hills’ flagship Sense of Place range
The 2018 Anna Christina MCC is a premium MCC which is now a part of the flagship Sense of Place range which was launched earlier this year.
James Ochse says:
“We are very proud of this wine. The 2018 has all the attributes to gain in richness and complexity for four to six years. The Chardonnay we used hails from the producer farm whose fruit is reserved exclusively for our top-end wine ranges.”
The Anna Christina MCC is masterfully crafted with the traditional French method for making champagne using handpicked grapes that are processed using a pneumatic press.
The bottles are riddled and disgorged after 15 months on the lees and topped off with a final dosage before corking.
This wine has the aromas of fresh Granny Smith apples and citrus blossoms with a nutty yeastiness on the nose. It’s crisp acidity tingles the well balanced palate while a delicate mousse delivers a satisfying, mouth filling explosion of bubbles with every sip.
Anna Christina was daughter of Antonie Vlotman, a Stellenbosch wine pioneer who was the first wine farmer of the Vlottenburg area.
Next time you decide to make a toast do not look further than Stellenbosch’s vineyards that produce a stellar MCC.
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