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  1. Celebrate #CapClassiqueDay with a bottle of Franschhoek Méthode Cap Classique

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    Everyone agrees that there is just something extraordinary and exceptional about popping open a bottle of your favourite Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) and even more so if this special experience happens to take place in a breathtaking setting in the Franschhoek Wine Valley. It is certainly the ultimate in celebrating life’s biggest moments and these days it is also accepted that you no longer need a ‘big’ moment to celebrate with bubbly, you can simply drink it because you love it.

    For those of you who still need an excuse to pop open a bottle of MCC, we have great news! This Sunday, the first day of Spring, has been officially named #CapClassiqueDay. This is a day when producers, bubbly lovers and friends unite and share all the excitement that is Cap Classique.

    In Franschhoek we will definitely be celebrating this day! With over 24 of our producers in the valley dedicated to crafting some of the best MCC’s, there is no doubt that Méthode Cap Classique forms a large part of our valley’s offering. We are also one of the first regions to create a dedicated Cap Classique Route, a route which takes bubbly lovers on a journey along our valley while they experience all the different styles of MCC our Vignerons produce.

    Le Lude MCC Tasting

    Here you will learn all about our terroir, different styles of MCC, and discover some of the interesting methods used to produce our MCC. Jargon like ‘riddling’, ‘digorging’ and ‘agrafe®’ will soon become part of your vocabulary.

    We love a good celebration and our bubblies so much that we also started a festival ten years ago dedicated to sipping on great South African MCC’s and a few Champagnes in a gorgeous outdoor setting in Franschhoek. The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival presented by Sanlam Private Wealth takes place at the historic Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek over the weekend of 30 November and 1 December this year. It is also the perfect opportunity to dress up in your most stylish outfit. Visit our website at www.franschhoekmcc.co.za for more information.

    Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival

    But first, it is time to go out and get a bottle of your favourite Franschhoek MCC to enjoy on #CapClassiqueDay this Sunday. If you need a few suggestions, have a look at our list of favourite bubblies below:

    COLMANT BRUT CHARDONNAY NV

    This Colmant Blanc de Blanc blend was created from a special selection of Chardonnay and is the epitome of Chardonnay expression – fine, elegant and fresh. This impressive MCC won the trophy of “BEST CAP CLASSIQUE BLANC DE BLANCS” at the 2018 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge, the only competition that focuses exclusively on Cap Classique.

    Price: R265, Buy online.

    2012 LE LUDE CUVÉE

    At the 16th annual Decanter World Wine Awards, which saw France scoop 13 of the 50 Best In Show medals. South Africa earned six Platinum medals, which included the 2012 Vintage Le Lude Cuvée – the first South African MCC to receive this prestigious accolade. This award-winning MCC comprises 83% Chardonnay and 17% Pinot Noir grapes, and is whole-bunch pressed with only the cuvee used in the Vintage blend. It’s matured on the lees for 56 months, of which only 2,361 bottles were released.

    Price: R1 195, Buy it from the Le Lude Estate in Franschhoek

     2014 SPRANKEL MÉTHODE CAP CLASSIQUE

    Made from 100% Chardonnay, expect a vibrant, fruity and crisp MCC. In Babylonstoren style the wine was made as simply and authentically as possible. Before bottling, yeast residue is removed through a process called dégorgement à la glace, by freezing the neck of the bottle. Once the bottle is turned upright again, internal pressure forces the frozen yeast out of the bottle. Often the lost liquid is replaced with sweet wine or even cognac, but our cellar master Charl Coetzee decided to add nothing at all! This Sprankel is pure. This pure quality, combined with a lengthy ageing process, produced rich creaminess and fruit accents. Sprankel combines well with cheese, fruit, salmon, shellfish and caviar. Its smooth character sits beautifully with poultry and seafood dishes.

    Price: R650, Buy online 

    2015 LA MOTTE MÉTHODE CAP CLASSIQUE

    La Motte Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) originates from Franschhoek and the Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir grapes from which the wine was made, were produced on La Motte. Vineyards grow against a southern slope 200 metres above sea level. Almost equal amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were matured on the lees to bring enough body and roundness to avoid adding any sweetness, while the firm acidity delivers finesse and freshness. An attractive bouquet of citrus, brioche and nuts with fine bubbles brings an exciting presence on the palate and leaves a refreshing finish. The 2015 vintage was listed on the 2018 Sommeliers Selection Wine List.

    Price: R360, Buy online

    BLACK ELEPHANT VINTNERS BRUT MCC

    The fruit for the 2014 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Brut MCC by Black Elephant Vintners was selected from two vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley. Each site contributes a different flavour profile to the final blend as it grows in diverse soil types and slopes. The blend comprises 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir. This MCC’s nickname is “The Emcee” and it is best paired with The Sound of Silence by Disturbed.

    Prce: R265, Buy online

    JEAN ROI CAP PROVINCIAL ROSÉ 2017

    The Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2017 by Anthonij Rupert Wyne is a premium rosé made in the same style as the rosés found in Provence. It has a gentle fruity nose with stone fruit (nectarine and white peach), overlaid with a delicate white blossom note. The acidity is refreshing and in harmony with the fruit, adding a lovely lemon zest twist to the mouthful. Rounded and full with good length, the wine finishes dry with a gentle hint of citrus peel at the end.

    Price: R290, Buy online

    PIERRE JOURDAN BRUT NV

    The Pierre Jourdan Brut by Haute Cabrière is an elegant Méthode Cap Classique created from a blend of the classic varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

    Price: R145, Buy online

  2. Franschhoek swings into Spring

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    The Franschhoek Wine Valley has been blessed with an abundance of much needed rain this past season. Not only is the Berg River dam full, but the valley is looking absolutely spectacular. The trees are in full bloom as their blossoms symbolise the first signs of Spring and the vineyards are looking healthy and green, as they embrace the warmer weather.

    Vineyards at Noble Hill

    This calls for celebration and what better opportunity than raising a glass of Franschhoek bubbly than on 1 September, which is not only the first official day of Spring, but it also happens to be Cap Classique Day. Celebrated both nationally and internationally as a leading Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) region, not only is Franschhoek home to some of SA’s finest MCC’s, but we also have the country’s first MCC route, with more than 24 MCC producers.

    Boschendal Methode Cap Classique

    Spring is also the perfect opportunity to sample new release wines. Diarise the weekend of 14 and 15 September for our annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival. Welcome in the warmer weather as you travel from farm to farm sampling some of the superb wines the valley has become known for. Participating wineries will be showcasing some of their crowd favourites as well as a handful of new release gems.

    Franschhoek Uncorked

    With a few festival specials on offer now is the ideal time to stock up for the end of year holiday season. Not only will they be pulling out the stops to showcase their finest offerings, but expect to find some added attractions to ensure a truly memorable Uncorked visit.

    Franschhoek Uncorked

    Pre-booked tickets, valid for both days, cost R180 per person, which can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za. Tickets purchased on the day, at the participating wine farms, will cost R200 each. For the detailed programme and accommodation specials contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za.

    Ending September on a high note will be the final Franschhoek Mystery Weekend, which takes place over the weekend of 27 and 28 September. Ideally suited to couples your weekend is pre-planned from check in to check out, and holds the promise of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on mysteryweekend@franschhoek.org.za.

    The bonus of this weekend is that it also allows for ample time to take a leisurely stroll up Franschhoek’s main road, where you’ll uncover a plethora of retail gems. These include art galleries as well as stylish clothing and exquisite décor boutiques. Don’t leave Franschhoek without making time to browse one or two of these gems, guaranteed to have something for you to take home as a reminder of your time in the valley.

    Indian Summer, Franschhoek

    September is also Tourism Month. The purpose of Tourism Month is to encourage South African locals to explore their country in an effort to showcase the importance of tourism to the economy of South Africa.  With school holidays upon us and another long weekend in store towards the end of this month (Heritage Day on 24 September) why not plan your trip to Franschhoek now. Be it a day visit, an overnight stay or a weekend escape, Franschhoek has something for everyone. For a list of things to do in and around the valley visit our website www.franschhoek.org.za.

    Rupert & Rothschild Tasting

    Cheers to a fabulous September!