New Years is one of the most anticipated day of the year, and as soon as the clock strikes 12, everyone celebrates the welcoming of the new year. Happy scenes of confetti dropping, Auld Lang Syne being sung and naturally the popping of sparkling wine and champagnes spreads all over the globe. With this just around the corner, we thought we would assist you in picking out the perfect bubbly to pop as the New Year rolls in.
This is really a bubble with a difference. This is an easy drinking wine, with a great price tag to it. Delicious Granny Smith apple notes hit the nose with undertones of biscuit aromas. The palate is creamy and balanced with the right amount of dryness to compliment seafoods, cheeses, salads and pastries. For only R85, you can’t go wrong!
This is a more robust citrusy MCC with a pale gold appearance with tiny bubbles. It entices the palate with lemon cream and almond biscuits. It has a delicious zesty orange which lasts until you find a creamy mouth-feel which gives an extra dimension to the MCC. This opulent bubbles also demonstrates a very subtle mineral undertone which makes it perfect to pair with fruity desserts, sushi or seafood. Get yours for only R120!
Steenberg Vineyards Steenberg Brut 1682 Chardonnay
This MCC continues to be an absolute favourite for those looking for an affordable yet impressive MCC. Produced from the well-loved Steenberg estate this bubbles is almost undervalued at its incredible quality. It’s peachy, Granny Smith Apple palate is offset with the perfect balance of freshly baked biscuits. It is not only refreshing, but is creamy and decadent. This is the perfect bubbles to drink alone or to pop with an array of cheeses and patés. This is a great value bubbles for only R165.
Demi-Sec is a distinctive style of Méthode Cap Classique that is the closest in style to how the first famous sparkling wines of France were experienced a century ago. It is elegant and refreshing with a cream, fine mousse finish. Boasting expressive aromas of baked apple, almonds with a deeper expression of lemon curd and marzipan, this highly complex MCC, makes up the perfect palate. It whispers of a time when wine lovers looked for rich, sweet wines and is the perfect bottle to pop on a warm Saturday afternoon. The name is derived from the picking of the grapes at night and in the early morning during the beginning of the harvest season. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay cultivars are uses and only free run juice is used for the MCC. It is then bottle fermented and matures on the lees in underground cellars after which, prior to dégorging, the bottles are packed in wooden pupitres (turning racks) and the rémuage (turning of bottles) is done entirely by hand. For only R125, this is the perfect bubbly for an afternoon. This is yours for only R139!
If you are wanting to bring the New Year in with some genuine Champagne, Laurent-Perrier’s should be your go-to! It is the perfect blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It has a beautiful gold colour with a delicate mousse. It’s gentle nose demonstrates floral perfume notes, stone fruit and hints of citrus. It is perfectly balanced with genuine refreshment, as well as a sophisticated finesse. It is perfectly paired with a delicious clam chowder, poultry, white meats or sushi. For R549, this is certainly worth popping at the beginning of a New Year!