News & Trends, Food & Drinks

#HLDiscovery: Bubbles for the Festive Season

Here's what's on the #HLDiscovery radar this week: bubbly bubbly bubbly!

Supplied

#HLDiscovery

It's the last week before the holiday season officially starts and that means planning for the many upcoming celebrations. Bubbly is synonymous with celebration, so for this week's #HLDiscovery list, we'll be looking at the bottles that have grabbed our attention.

1. Kleine Zalze Méthode Cap Classique Vintage Brut 2011 

This is a a carefully crafted, classic sparkling wine made up from the best, selected vineyard parcels of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It is an intense and rich wine, that fans of MCC will really appreciate. Elegant and sophisticated, Kleine Zalze's Vintage Brut(R180) has the quintessential MCC characteristics. On the nose you get aromas of freshly baked brioche and biscotti and on the palate you experience a lovely creaminess with tantalising mineral richness. It pairs well with oysters and fresh fish – a perfect match to any summer holiday menu. 

#HLDiscovery

2. Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Brut Vintage 2006

If you are looking for the real stuff, we recommend Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne. There is a reason it is the number one selling Champagne in France. They have released a selection of limited edition exquisitely showcased Champagnes for the festive season. Our pick of from the selection is the Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Brut Vintage 2006  (R2100); it is everything you want a champagne to be. It is a powerful and and distinguished Champagne with notes of honey, dried and tropical fruit. On the palate you can enjoy intricate citrus flavours and honey with lifted notes of almond paste and marzipan. It is rich. complex and perfectly balanced. 

#HLDiscovery

ALSO READ: #HLDiscovery: Olive Oil, Gin and Wine

3. Lourensford MCC Brut 2012 and MCC Brut Rose 2014

Both these MCC's are so lovely, we simply couldn't choose. The packaging is simple yet striking, they have dark bottles with single coloured vines on the labels the is exquisite that could make a lovely gift. The content of the bottles are also remarkable. The 2014 Brut Rose (R230) is a lovely salmon colour with notes of strawberry, cherry and rose water. On the palate you get red fruit that makes it a great pairing for creamy soups, chicken and seafood dishes. The 2012 Brut (R255) was awarded a Brut Gold Medal in the Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge 2018. You get yeasty flavours of freshly baked bread, lemon cream, Pink Lady apples on the nose and hints of citrus, pineapple and kiwi fruit on the pallet. The wine finishes rich and leaves a creamy aftertaste. It pairs perfectly with Asian inspired dishes. Both these wines are beautiful, complex and delicious.

#HLDiscovery

4.Valdo Rosé Brut Floral Edition 2016

For the Prosecco fans, the Valdo Rosé Brut Floral Edition 2016 is the perfect addition to a sunny festive table. The packaging is fun and playful with floral illustrations created by Fabrizio Sclavi, the eminent Italian fashion editor with a special passion for illustration. The prosecco is a delicious dry rosé that is light and refreshing. It has an enticing colour of pink rose petals and aromas of raspberry and spring flowers that leads to an enveloping fruitiness on the palate. It is an ideal aperitif and also delicious with melon and Parma ham and seafood.

#HLDiscovery

ALSO READ: #HDiscovery: Air Plants, Wine, Steak and Flooring