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{wine} A glittering year for Kanu: introducing Angelina Gold Cap Classique

January 14, 2022

I celebrated my inevitable return to work and to the reality of 2022 by opening a glittery bottle of Kanu Wines‘ Angelina Gold Cap Classique. And because this year is all about sparking joy for myself, I paired it with a sushi platter that left me feeling joyful for all the finer things in life.


I’ve kept a close eye on Kanu Wines‘ Angelina Gold CC since its sparkly launch at the end of last year. I was elated when a bottle of liquid gold arrived at my door in December – maybe it was the universe’s way of rewarding me for good behaviour? A token of things to come in 2022? Either way, I knew the perfect opportunity to enjoy this beautiful bottle would soon present itself.

And it did, but only earlier this week, on the eve of my return to work after a glorious four-week summer break. As one feels on a Sunday evening, I felt a certain sense of nostalgia and sadness in the knowing that the holidays are now finally over, and that I have to slot back into my desk the next morning. I wanted one last hurrah. And what more indulgent hurrah do you know than a Rosé Brut CC and a platter of sushi?


There may not be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but Kanu Wines on the outskirts of Stellenbosch has made it possible for everyone to enjoy “gold in a glass” with the introduction of their premium Angelina Gold Cap Classique.

What makes this bubbly unique and exceptional is the fact that it contains 24 carats of edible gold flakes, the first for a sparkling wine in South Africa.

“This Cap Classique also pays homage to the 50th anniversary of this exceptional wine style in South Africa.”

Johan Grimbeek, winemaker and cellar master at Kanu.

Another feature that puts this Cap Classique in a different league is a light-emitting diode (LED) unit in the bottle’s punt which lights up the gold flakes when switched on.

Kanu Angelina Gold CC

Tasting notes: Refreshing and crisp, displaying red berry fruit, crunchy red apple and delicate candyfloss flavours. Entry onto the palate is dry with persistent red fruit, malted barley and wild strawberries, and has an extended finish with a toasty undertone.
In the vineyard:   Pinot Noir grapes
In the cellar:  Whole-bunch pressed, cold-fermented with a neutral yeast whereafter the wine spent six months on the fine lees for added complexity. The wine spent 12 months in the bottle after the second fermentation before disgorgement.

Cellar door price: R1 200 per bottle, and is initially available from the estate or online at

The full gold treatment experience

Did I mention you that the bottle lights up with a simple flick of a switch? Treating it a bit like a precious snow-globe, I flipped the bottle upside down to release the sprinkle of edible gold flecks from the bottom, slowly swirling to the top against the ambient light provided by the cleverly disguised addition. In hand, the bottle feels luxurious, creating an air of understated opulence.  I particularly enjoyed the salmon pink, rose-gold and gold palette of the packaging, making this a stunning gift for a special person.

Whilst Angelina chilled down in the wine fridge, Tim and I collected a platter of veggie sushi from our favourite takeaway, preparing to enjoy the last few hours of our holiday together.

At first sip, I knew that, even when stripped back from all the grand little details, this is a really exceptional Cap Classique in my glass. With a personal preference to a Rosé Brut, The Kanu Angelina Gold delights with that signature flavour-punch of red berry, apple and delicate candy floss notes at the front, carrying through until it dries beautifully on the palate to get to the more earthy, toasty notes at the back.

I particularly enjoyed the fairly neutral palate of the veggie sushi against the lush intensity of the Angelina Gold, dotted with punches of pickled ginger and wasabi. It’s such a magical thing to watch the slow decent of the gold flecks in your glass – a gentle reminder to always seek beauty in unexpected places.

In conclusion

An experience that ended way too soon for my liking, I had to greet my Angelina Gold bottle with an “until we meet again” at the end of the evening. I felt particularly grateful in that moment, and excited to see what flecks of gold 2022 held for me.

Congratulations, team Kanu, on an exceptional bottle of Cap Classique and well done on elevating it in such a sophisticated and elegant way! She is a real lady, all in her own premium league. Thank you for sharing her beauty with me.

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.

The Little Hedonist endorses responsible drinking.
Don’t drink and drive. Not for persons under 18.


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