Real cork­ers

Woolworths TASTE - - Raise The Bar -

No other bot­tle can take you through the day quite as ef­fort­lessly – from brunch to mid­night toasts. Here’s the Al­lan Mullins guide to the lo­cal and for­eign bub­bles that should fill your glass this sum­mer

THE ANY­TIME, ANY­WHERE MCC Sil­ver­thorn Green Man MCC Brut 2016

Pro­duc­ers John and Karen Loub­ser say this sparkling wine is a pure rep­re­sen­ta­tion of their Robert­son ter­roir, which you can ex­pe­ri­ence in the crisp tart­ness and min­er­al­ity.

DRINK IT WITH Ce­viche with a shaved fen­nel salad.

THE ORIG­I­NAL SPAN­ISH FIZZ Codor­niu Cu­vée Barcelona 1872 Cava Brut Rosé Non-vin­tage

Cava is the name given to Span­ish sparkling wines made us­ing the Cham­pagne method. The Cu­vée Barcelona 1872 com­mem­o­rates the year in which the first Cava was made in the Codor­niu cel­lars. The tra­di­tional Cava grape, white Parel­lada, con­trib­utes pear and peach flavours, while Pinot Noir and

Gre­nache add red berry fruiti­ness.

DRINK IT WITH Ta­pas such as patatas bravas (potato

wedges with a spicy aïoli), or even gaz­pa­cho.

THE DESSERTFRIENDLY MCC Gra­ham Beck Bliss Demi Sec Non-Vin­tage

For those who don’t like their bub­bly too dry, the Bliss is a demi-sec (from the French word demi for “half” and sec mean­ing “dry”). Ripe stone fruit aro­mas are un­der­lined with but­ter­scotch and pra­line notes, lead­ing to a palate that’s filled with suc­cu­lent sum­mer berry and ripe

apri­cots, with just enough sweet­ness to bal­ance the fresh acid­ity.

DRINK IT WITH Rich desserts such as tarte tatin.

THE LOW-AL­CO­HOL MCC Vil­liera Méth­ode Cap Clas­sique Light Brut Non-Vin­tage

The Grier fam­ily makes many fine still wines at their Stel­len­bosch farm, but their favourite buzz­word re­mains Fizzyther­apy – re­fer­ring to their wide range of Méth­ode Cap Clas­sique bub­blies. With

plenty of the flavours that MCC fans will love (white blos­som, pear and green ap­ple), plus a zesty, racy palate with crisp acid­ity and del­i­cate fruiti­ness, it’s the ul­ti­mate low-al­co­hol, low-kilo­joule fizz.

DRINK IT WITH Smoked salmon, let­tuce, av­o­cado, fresh fruit and warm, crusty bread.

THE TRENDING PROSECCO

As­to­ria Lux­ury Prosecco DOC Non-Vin­tage

Over the past 10 years, Prosecco has be­come the sparkling wine to have in your glass. Why does it out­sell Cham­pagne? For a start, it’s less ex­pen­sive and lighter, too (the sec­ond fer­men­ta­tion is done in large stain­lesssteel tanks rather than in the bot­tle). The re­sult is an easy-drink­ing fruity and flo­ral bub­bly, which also hap­pens to be the main­stay of a Bellini. DRINK IT WITH Prosci­ut­towrapped melon, sushi, seafood pasta or paella.

THE VER­SA­TILE MCC Steen­berg 1682 Brut Chardon­nay Non-Vin­tage

The Robert­son grapes used in this blend orig­i­nate from chalky vine­yards planted on the banks of the Breede River, giv­ing the wine a min­er­al­ity and flavour spec­trum that’s ideal for qual­ity MCC. The nose has aro­mas of baked ap­ple, fresh bread, some honey and a hint of cit­rus fruit, and the del­i­cate palate charms with white peach suc­cu­lence, lifted by a burst of tiny bub­bles. DRINK IT WITH Beef tataki, a pop­u­lar dish at Steen­berg’s Bistro 1682, or to bal­ance rich desserts such as bread-and­but­ter pud­ding.

THE FRENCH CHAMPERS Nat­u­rally Veuve Clic­quot Brut Non-Vin­tage

This Veuve now comes in an eco-friendly pack­age (cheers to that!). The box, made from used grape skins, is re­cy­clable, biodegrad­able and isother­mic – it can keep your chilled bot­tle cool for up to two hours. Pinot Noir and Pinot Me­u­nier en­sure typ­i­cal rich­ness and depth, while Chardon­nay adds el­e­gance and a creamy mousse.

DRINK IT WITH Poached oys­ters in a cream sauce, or prawn curry with a co­conut-in­fused sauce.

Cape WineMas­ter Al­lan Mullins has se­lected wines for Woolies for 27 years. Find him on Twit­ter @Al­lanMullinsSA.

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