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Sparkle this #Capclassiqueday with Pongrácz

2020-08-21 09:46:14

Celebrate the ultimate sparkling wine, Méthode Cap Classique (MCC), on national #CAPCLASSIQUEDAY on 1 September in style. Explore the elegant range of Pongrácz and some interesting facts about MCC that you might not have known!

Champagne comes from the Champagne region of France and although one can use the same methods, sparkling wines made in this style outside of the Champagne region may not call it so. Around the world sparkling wine is made in the traditional French method of allowing secondary fermentation to take place inside the bottle, creating the light, mesmerising bubbles organically. Names used around the world include Cava (Spain), Prosecco (Italy), Espumante (Portugal and Argentina), Sekt (Germany) and Crémant (France, outside of Champagne region), and in South Africa, these wines are called MCC’s.

The pop of a cork is the sound of instant joy, a world-renowned symbol for celebrating love, luxury and living a good life. MCC’s complex layers of subtle fruitiness and deep, rich, toasty brioche flavours mingle in a swirl of effervescence abundance that pair with a surprising number of dishes and occasions – from brunches to sunsets and those special, celebratory moments.

MCC is different from sparkling wine in that with sparkling wine the base wine is inoculated with carbon dioxide. This process forms the bubbles and also the reason why when you drink sparkling wine you will note very robust bubbles!

MCC wines require considerable skill from the winemaker and is a highly technical style of winemaking. For this delicate wine, the base wine is fermented inside the bottle and for a period of anything between two and seven years, the fermentation process creates the bubbles inside the bottle. The bubbles are light, elegant and subtle.

During this time spent in the bottle, the bottles rest horizontally in a cool, dark cellar whilst it matures for two years and in the case of our flagship Desiderius Pongrácz, up to six years. During this time the method of riddling or remuage takes place whereby during a meticulous process, the bottles are slowly turned to push the lees to the neck of the bottle. After riddling the sediment is removed through a process called disgorging. The necks of the upside-down bottles are placed in icy brine which freezes the top of the neck creating a plug of ice containing the lees. Once the crown cap is removed, the pressure inside the bottle ejects the frozen pellet with minimal loss of liquid.

Our winemaker then adds a special dosage of wine to the top up the bottle. Once the bottles are corked, they are left to rest a few months to ensure a perfect integration of flavour and character.

Pongrácz is composed of two noble grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, hand-picked from selected vineyards across the Cape Winelands during the cool of early morning, before the sun rises, to capture the zesty acidity and concentrated flavours of the grapes.

Our range includes the Brut, Rosé, the vintage Desiderius Pongrácz produced in limited volumes depending on the yields of only the best grapes, and the slightly sweeter Demi-Sec Noble Nectar. We can’t wait to hear which one of our special wines you have tried for this first time this #CAPCLASSIQUEDAY

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