Tiny bubbles (tiny bubbles) In the wine (in the wine) Make me happy (make me happy) Make me feel fine (make me feel fine)
Tiny bubbles (tiny bubbles) Make me warm all over With a feeling that I’m gonna Love you till the end of time
Don Ho (1967)
That song was a hit 50 years ago, and we continue to enjoy and celebrate those tiny bubbles today.
Yesterday, we were wined and dined at the 12 Apostles Hotel on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard – the occasion was the awarding of the prizes in the 2017 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge.
Each of the four courses we enjoyed was paired with an appropriate MCC: Chicken or Egg with an MCC Brut; Yellowfin Tuna with an MCC Rose; Lamb Roast with an MCC Blanc de Blanc; and the Apple Custard with a Museum Class MCC. .
This annual event is hosted by the MCC Association in association with Portugal-based cork company Amorim, the world’s leading supplier of cork wine stoppers and has done much to elevate the status and popularity of South African bubbly.
In 2016, MCC sold 4,4m bottles in South Africa, a staggering growth of 24.5% compared to 2015 or nearly one million bottles. .
The major awards at the 2017 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge went to:
Best Producer, Overall Wine:
Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2012
Domaine Des Dieux Claudia Brut MCC 2011
Woolworths Simonsig Pinot Noir Rosé 2015
Best Blanc de Blanc:
Simonsig’s Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2012
Best Museum Class:
Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005
And the Frans Malan Legacy Award went to Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck