The South African wine industry celebrates 50 years of Cap Classique this year – and whether you are toasting to this milestone, a birthday, an engagement or a personal achievement – It’s always a good time to pop some bubbly!

The Durbanville Wine Valley is home to some of South Africa’s most well-known wineries, which have a long history of producing champion wines thanks to the region’s cool climate, and diversity of soils and slopes. The tradition of winemaking has been practiced here since the end of the 17th century – the oldest vineyard of the region was planted in 1955 and continues to produce fruit for class-leading wines. 

The GROOT PHESANTEKRAAL BLANC DE BLANCS 2019 shows gorgeous aromas of green apple, lemon zest and a whiff of raw honey. These combine with buttery biscuit, brioche and nutty notes creating a wine that is both complex and refreshing.  The delicate bubbles create a dense, though refreshing mousse on the palate.

Available at R160 per bottle from the cellar, winemaker Richard Schroeder suggests pairing this wine with fresh lemony salads such as a Salmon Niçoise, light sushi or freshly shucked oysters. 

The MAASTRICHT BRUT ROSÉ NV, with its delightful bright salmon colour, is encased with delicate bubbles and a persistent mousse. The wine displays enticing aromas with a bouquet of fresh strawberries, sweet raspberry and red cherry, which follows through to a crisp and refreshing palate.

Available at R190 per bottle from the cellar, winemaker Thys Louw suggests enjoying this wine on its own, or with an array of summer-holiday fare.

The NITIDA THE GRANDE MATRIARCH 2017 shows bursts of ripe raspberry and delectable cherry for a mouth full of delicious bubbles. Enticing and elegant, smooth and subtle – each sip brings back memories of long summer nights and a picnic basket filled with marmalade tarts and smoked salmon quiches.

The Nitida The Grande Matriarch 2017, a 100% Pinot Noir by winemaker Etienne Louw, is available at R195 per bottle from the cellar.

The ALTYDGEDACHT BLANC DE BLANCS 2019 has elegant aromas of Golden Delicious apple, pear and freshly proofed dough on the nose, followed by a vivid and refreshing palate with notes of Golden Delicious apple and white peach for a zesty finish. Winemaker Helgard van Schalkwyk recommends this Cape Classique with a Sunday brunch, lemon sauteed scallops or sushi.

The Altydgedacht Blanc De Blancs 2019, a 100% Chardonnay, is available at R220 per bottle from the cellar. Keep an eye out for the soon to be released 2020 vintage!

‘tis the time of year for sparkling wine!