With the rise of bubbly influenced by media personality Bonang Matheba, South Africans are becoming more particular about whether they’re drinking Champagne, Sparkling wine or Méthode Cap Classique.
What’s the difference?
Firstly, champagne is made from grapes in France, a region called Champagne. So irrespective of the method used to make the champagne, if it’s not from France it is not Champagne!
MCC or Méthode Cap Classique is the South African version of champagne. Why? It’s simple, it is made using the French’s bottle fermented process. However, the region in which the grapes are from determines whether or not you’re having champagne or MCC.
This then also explains the difference in prices between champagne and MCC. Champagne needs to be imported into the country while MCC is made in the South African wine regions by some of the world’s best winemakers..
Here’s my Top 5 from the 2019 Top Wine selection:
These wines have been in the Top 20 MCC sparkling wines in South Africa for the past 10 years. So I suggest you give them a try.
- Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve 2011
- Desiderius Pongrácz
- Graham Beck Brut Blanc de Blancs
- Laborie Blanc de Blancs
- Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs
(sourced from Top Cap Classique Sparkling – 2019 Classification)
The beauty about the MCCs mentioned above is that they are hosted at Estates and Farms that you can take a scenic drive to. They also have wine tastings which allows you to try a variety of the winemakers’ wines and get to experience the beauty of vineyards.
In other news…
Rumour has it, Bonang Matheba is launching her own vintage MCC! This came after she announced that she is launching The House of Bonang which many speculated would be clothing. However, Woolworths added a new MCC on their list called the Bonang MCC Brut. Product available here.
This is the description of the bottle from the Woolies site:
“Being a Queen Bee means having everything a girl needs, including fabulous style and personality to match. Introducing my latest little guilty pleasure – BNG – a true indulgence for yours truly, with an elegant and refreshing taste profile. Be a part of the latest taste trend and enjoy this traditional Méthode Cap Classique – perfect on its own or with any celebration.” -Bonang
The launch of the #HouseofBoNanG is on the 18th of March. Whilst Woolies has launched the product, we’ll wait to see if there’s more to The House of Bonang on the 18th.