{wine} Sparkle every day with Anthonij Rupert Wyne: L’Ormarins MCC

There’s something romantically celebratory captured in every bottle of Anthonij Rupert Wyne MCC. When life calls for the honouring of an occasion, I’ll always reach for that extra special bottle of Cap Classique to add a certain sparkle to the affair.

Introduction

Despite being associated almost exclusively with celebrations, I feel there is a place for a good MCC in your every day. Life is way too short not to sparkle, even on a Monday evening or a Saturday morning.

For me, there’s something so elegant and almost soothing about a flute of chilled MCC. The tingle at the top of the glass that tickles your nose as you lift it to sip. The concentration of aromas and fruit flavours bursting from the flute, and that gorgeously smooth journey of the senses that follows. The feel of the long stem and the curve of the foot as you hold the glass at arm’s length to appreciate the delicate rows of slow release bubbles meandering to the surface. For me, MCC is an experience, not just a drink.

Maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic at heart, but I felt old-fashionably woo’d and charmed when I recently received two bottles of Anthonij Rupert Wyne MCC’s – L’Ormarins Blanc de Blancs 2013 and L’Omarins Brut Rosé NV.

Background

L’Ormarins Blanc de Blancs 2013 (Double Gold) and L’Omarins Brut Rosé NV (Gold) were recently included in the 2019 Amorim Cork MCC Challenge winners list, announced on 12 September 2019. The aim of the competition is to showcase the quality of South African Cap Classique, and with the festive season around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity to stock up on these shining examples (press release).

For some fun facts on MCC in South Africa, I’ve found a very interesting article in the Sunday Times, testing your knowledge on MCC. Click here to read it!

L’Ormarins Blanc de Blancs

Tasting notes: The lively fine mousse makes way for an MCC bursting with flavours of zesty lemons, intermingled with a hint of oyster shell. The flavour profile continues with aromas of sour dough bread yeastiness, limestone and the slightest hint of caramel.
In the vineyard:  Grapes were sourced from vineyards on the estate’s Altima property in the Elandskloof region, which is renowned for its high altitudes – perfect for producing exceptional Cap Classique made from 100% Chardonnay.
In the cellar:  Fermentation in the bottle takes a leisurely four years adding maximum complexity and creaminess.
Cellar door price:  A limited release MCC, which is available from top retailers at R220 per bottle

The Little Hedonist’s food pairing suggestion:  I don’t always feel that a beautiful MCC should be paired with food. It’s an experience on its own that is often weighted down by food, or by contrasting flavour profiles that causes the delicateness of the MCC to be lost between bold aromas. Make sure to chill your bottle down properly and enjoy it as a hors d’oeuvre; a little taster of what the night might hold.

If you want to enjoy your bubbles with something to snack on, think along the lines of creamy matured cheeses, like a brie or camembert, or a smooth goat’s cheese. Lighten the rich weight of the cheese by throwing together a fruit-based summer salad with baby greens, juicy stone fruit, melon and maybe even  some beautifully cured prosciutto shavings and a zingy lemon-based vinaigrette. Grilled lemon and herb chicken skewers with halloumi and a side order of green couscous salad might also be just the perfect companion for your Blanc de Blancs MCC if you feel like something more filling. Another classic pairing would be with oysters or pan-fried fish.

L’Ormarins Brut Rosé

Tasting notes: Delicious aromas of raspberry and strawberries on the nose, and a slight hint of peppery spice nuances. The palate is vivid with lively bubbles of bright red berries and crisp acidity. Providing equilibrium are rich, creamy lees notes and toasted biscuit flavours from its secondary fermentation in bottle. Delightfully playful yet serious with good structure, length and a clean, focused finish.
In the vineyard:  Dominant varietal is Pinot Noir which contributes to its delicate salmon colour. 58% Pinot Noir / 42% Chardonnay.
In the cellar:  Fermentation in the bottle takes a leisurely four years adding maximum complexity and creaminess.
Cellar door price:  Available directly from the Tasting Room at R130 per bottle, or select specialist wine stores nationwide.

The Little Hedonist’s food pairing suggestion: Again, a beautiful MCC to enjoy chilled on its own, on your own as part of your self-care routine. If food is on the table, this berry-driven beauty will work best with smoked salmon snacks, or as a main, with salmon en papillon. Also great with creamy cheeses and smoked meats, you can prepare a lovely nibble spread centred around a cheese and charcuterie platter. Remember to follow it up with a plate of chocolate dipped strawberries, or dark chocolate coated berries.

In conclusion

Always drink the bubbles. Always drink the good stuff. Don’t save things for a special occasion, because life is the special occasion we’re all so naively waiting for.  Today is the special occasion we’re always holding out for. There is no great big grand finale; every day is something that should be celebrated for what it is, and for the potential it holds and the abundance it brings.

If you want to add that special something to your day, the only choice you need to make is between the L’Ormarins blue or pink label. The timeless elegance of these two MCC’s are guaranteed to add that certain je ne sais quoi to your life that you didn’t know you were missing in the first place.

Thank you, Anthonij Rupert Wyne, for reminding me of all the good things in life with your stunning L’Ormarins MCC’s. Thank you for reminding me to celebrate every day for the joyous occasion it is, and to always add a sparkle or two.

Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated/credited, are also my own.

 

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