It’s simply not a celebration if there isn’t a glass of bubbly … we found a handful we love.
Made in the traditional French method, this delicate pink hued Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir Cap Classique NV is fresh with fruity aromas of raspberry jelly, wild strawberry sorbet, red apple skin and toasted brioche. R220, steenbergfarm.com • The Robertson Winery Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine is fruity with wild strawberries, floral, affordable and delicious. Serve it well chilled with canapés. Around R71, robertsonwinery.co.za • The dry style of this NOBLE HILL Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature makes it a brilliant option for serving with savoury food. With fruit notes including melon, pineapple, and hibiscus flower, it’s all elegant and finely formed bubbles, with just enough fizz to start a celebration of any occasion. R249, noblehill.com • At Haute Cabrière, the von Arnim family specialises in wines created from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varietals. This Pierre Jourdan Cap Classique Brut pays tribute to the versatility of both. Created in the traditional French method, it has fresh citrus flavours and goes particularly well with lighter seafood dishes. R170, cabriere.co.za
Produced according to the classic bottle-fermentation method from Champagne, Blaauwklippen 2020 Brut Cap Classique is a delicate and fresh wine with floral hints – all orange blossom, strawberries and lemons, and a creamy core. It’s a one of a kind – the only Cap Classique made 100 per cent from Zinfandel grapes – it’s the perfect drink to toast to memorable moments, or to set the tone for a romantic seafood dinner. R250, blaauwklippen.com • This Pieter Cruythoff Brut Rosé is made in a rare style that combines the traditional Champagne technique to create flavour and French Charmat method of carbonation, for fizz. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it has bright red berry notes, a hint of rose petals and a touch of spice. You’ll love this with a rich chocolate dessert. The Pieter Cruythoff Brut, with peach blossom, white peach and melon aromatics, pairs wonderfully with summer salads, wild mushroom risotto, sushi, seared tuna and salmon. Both these cost around R96 a bottle from Spar Tops and Checkers.