WITH crisp and refreshing bubbles, well-chilled serving suggestions and as a natural partner to alfresco parties or romantic sunsets, sparkling wines are often (and rightly so) associated with summertime and therefore also the South African festive season. The release of its 2017 Méthode Cap Classique, La Motte wine estate in Franschhoek does, however, confirm there is much more to a glass of MCC. It is an intricate wine – from its production to its flavour profile and versatility when it comes to food.
Made in the traditional méthode champenoise, the 2017 La Motte Méthode Cap Classique is made from two classic MCC varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, planted on La Motte in 1997 and 1985 respectively. The 2017 Chardonnay was harvested between 18 and 20 Balling, whole-bunch pressed and cool-fermented after settling. To ensure the ultimate flavour and complexity, the remaining 10% of the blend consists of 2016 Pinot Noir that was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. With secondary fermentation in the bottle, the wine was matured on the lees for 39 months. The style of wine is “Brut Natural”, so no sweetening was added during the degorgement that took place in July 2020. Only 3500 bottles were released.
While this sparkling wine is bone dry, the extended maturation on the lees ensures fulness. The bouquet is sophisticated with fresh citrus flavours, the allure of freshly baked brioche and the warmth of roasted nuts. Fine bubbles and an enticing mousse create excitement on the palate and make this wine a beautiful option regardless of the season or occasion.
Adding to the 2017 La Motte MCC’s popularity, is its ability to complement a wide selection of food types. Enjoy it with soft cheese and eggs in all forms – think eggy breakfasts and mushroom quiche. Pour a glass with seafood – from fresh line fish to luxurious oysters and crayfish. Make it your wine of choice when you have a variety of carpaccio and salads on the table – especially if you serve it with freshly baked bread. End your meal on a high with a beautiful glassful and desserts with fresh or stewed berries, pillowy meringues and even homely bakes like bread-and-butter pudding or apple tart.
While it is hard to imagine a celebration without the popping of a La Motte MCC cork, the complexity of the 2017 vintage and the beautiful balance between body and bubble, really begs you not to wait for an occasion, but to rather create it by opening a bottle as soon as you feel like it.