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The Paarl wine region brought the sparkle to this year’s Cap Classique Challenge with Anura Vineyards’ MCC Brut 2011 winning the award for Best Producer as well as coming out tops in the category for Best Blended Brut.
This wine, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, beat 112 other entries into top spot in the 15th running of South Africa’s leading competition committed exclusively to Cap Classique.
The annual Cap Classique Challenge is hosted by MCC Association in association with Portugal-based cork company Amorim, the world’s leading supplier of cork wine stoppers and other cork products, whose closures are found on the world’s most prestigious wine brands.
This year’s Cap Classique Challenge saw a change in judging procedures in that categories were narrowed, with judging no longer being done separately on vintage and non-vintage wines. Cap Classiques were judged in the following categories: Blanc de Blancs, Rosé, Blended Brut and a Museum Class for wines including and before the 2008 vintage. To promote inclusivity among producers, entries were open to non-members of the Cap Classique Producers Association.
The House of JC le Roux, one of South Africa’s premier Cap Classique producers, took two trophies, winning the Rosé section with the JC le Roux Pinot Noir Rosé 2010 as well as the Museum Class with the JC le Roux Scintilla Vintage Reserve 2008.
JP Colmant won the trophy for Best Blanc de Blancs with the Colmant Brut Chardonnay MCC non-vintage.
Allan Mullins, Cape Wine Master and chairman of this year’s panel of judges, says the judging panel were left bubbling with enthusiasm for the quality and the consistency of the wines judged.
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