Cape Town can be a bit of a temperamental diva sometimes… just look at this weather I woke up to on the day I was supposed to rock a well thought out white ensemble consisting of the cutest lace shorts and pretty blouse:
But you know what, this certainly was not going to stop me from having a great time at the WineStyle Summer Wine Party – I just wasn’t going to win a prize for best summer white outfit, and I could totally live with that as long as I had copious amounts of wine at my disposal.
The party went down at Simon’s restaurant on the beautiful Groot Constantia wine estate. It might have been cold & rainy outside, but it was nice & cosy inside, which made for perfect wine drinking conditions (yes yes, I do realise that one can pretty much make any conditions “perfect wine drinking conditions”, but hey it makes for a better story OK).
Being a Fri evening after a looooong work week, the gang (consisting of Clouds, Leigh, Chelle & myself) decided we’d focus our energies on the bubbly options, and this way properly celebrate the start of the weekend…
To kick off we started with the fancy stuff, a 2009 Vintage Cuvée MCC from GM & Ahrens in Franschhoek. They make their bubbly in small quantities only – in fact, only 250 cases are available with 6 bottles each (at R345 per bottle). You have to register to be eligible for a case and if none are available, they’ll put you on the waiting list. And get this, once you’ve been given a case #, that will be your unique case # for as long as you decide to keep refilling that order (and I’m sure you will be). FYI – case 71 is currently up for grabs… #justsaying
Next up was the lovely Brut Nature MCC by Saltare Wines from the Stellenbosch wine region. They say it spends a minimum of 18 months on the lees (which refers to deposits of dead/residual yeast & other particles that drops to the bottom of a vat after fermentation) and they don’t add any sugar or sulphur once it’s disgorged (that’s the process of removing the lees). The dates of bottling & disgorgement are actually printed on each label so you can confirm exactly how long each bottle had spent on the lees. As I understand it, the longer on the lees, the better.
Villiera is a Stellenbosch wine farm I know quite well, they make some really nice Sauvignons & Chenins, and I’ve also sampled their Tradition Brut NV MCC which I quite enjoyed. Here however we got to try two MCCs in their range which I haven’t tried before. The first was their Starlight Brut NV which is a “light” MCC with just under 10% alcohol (compared to the usual approx. 12%). The second was their Tradition Rosé Brut NV, a lovely pink bubbly made from a mix of Pinot Noir, Pinotage & Chardonnay.
The last in my “MCC cravings extravaganza” was an extra special 2008 MCC from High Constantia called the Clos Andre:
Now bubbly tasting is a tough job and soon we needed some refueling… I got myself some tasty fish & chips from Simon’s, we grabbed a big table and settled in for an evening of great laughs & conversation.
A huge thanks to Kalinka, the gorgeous lady from WineStyle who organised the event and looked after us so well on the evening. This was the perfect way to end of a rainy Friday and my tastebuds have now been awakened to a whole new range of MCC options I didn’t even know existed. Mission accomplished for sure.
Oh and keep an eye out folks. There should be a Winter Wine Party on the cards again this year. So expect a red wine marathon for the next one…