It’s Valentine’s Day, and that means your guests are going to be toasting all things romantic! Here are 9 bubblies that we think fit the occasion perfectly:
Allee Bleue Brut Rosé 2014
With a gorgeous pink hue, this fresh and lively Brut Rosé made with Pinotage and Pinot Noir hails from Franschhoek’s Allee Bleue. You can expect a clean, refreshing palate, with flavours of candyfloss and strawberries. Price is around R140 a bottle. For more info, click here.
Kleine Zalze Brut MCC
The effervescent Kleine Zalze Brut MCC is made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and has a lively mousse. You’ll find aromas of strawberry and blackberry, complemented by a classic biscuit bouquet. Price is around R130. For more info, click here.
Colmant Brut Chardonnay MCC
It’s no wonder this gem was awarded 5 stars in the latest Platter’s guide – it’s an elegant MCC that’s zesty, fresh and sophisticated. Made with Chardonnay grapes, it’s a light golden colour with a bouquet of citrus and green apples, followed by toasted bread aromas, with a beautiful creaminess on the palate. Price is around R230. For more info, click here.
Silverthorn The Genie
Breaking with tradition, Shiraz grapes were used in this beautiful rosé bubbly with a beautiful bright onion skin pink hue. With a fine mousse, you’ll find raspberries and sherbet on the palate, and Turkish delight on the nose. Price is around R220. For more information, click here.
Valdo Rosé Floral Brut
Such a gorgeous bottle for such a delicious bubbly! The floral design on the bottle fittingly matches the bubbly’s floral bouquet. Made using Glera and Nerello grapes, you can expect a pleasing, subtle sweetness to the prosecco-style bubble. Price is around R265. For more information, click here.
Le Lude Rosé
A classic blend of 35% Chardonnay and 65% Pinot Noir, Franschhoek’s Le Lude Rosé has been matured for 3 years on the lees. This sophisticated MCC has a fine, delicate bubble, and is dry and savoury, with beautiful minerality. Price is around R280. For more information, click here.
Avondale Armilla Blanc de Blanc
With seven years on the lees, the Avondale Armilla Blanc de Blanc has developed an exceptional character. Made with organically-grown Chardonnay grapes, the MCC is a gorgeous balance of toasted hazelnuts and fresh quince, and is rich and round on the palate. Price is around R260. For more information, click here.
Uitkyk Glass Memoires
Rich and complex, this delicious MCC from Uitkyk takes its name from the etchings in the windows of the estate’s manor house. It has a zesty, fresh palate and a pale yellow tint, with aromas of lime and baked bread. Price is around R155. For more information, click here.
Steenberg Lady R
A real splurge of an MCC, the exquisite Steenberg Lady R recently received 5 stars in the Platter’s guide. With a pale copper hue, it’s made with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, and has aromas of honeysuckle, raspberry and apple blossom. On the palate you’ll find a subtle acidity and notes of oak spiciness, with fine effervescent bubbles. Price is around R470. For more information, click here.