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Stars & Bubbles: 2 South African Cap Classique To Pop This Festive Season

There is nothing quite as celebratory as a chilled glass of South African Cap Classique to mark the end of a prosperous and successful year and South African’s are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting the right bottle for the occasion.


  • Since 1992, the phrase ‘Cap Classique’ has been in use in South Africa.
  • Cap Classique is the name for the classic French process (Methode Champenoise) of making sparkling wines in South Africa.
  • The South African wine industry commemorated the 50th anniversary of Cap Classique in 2021, it marked an important turning point in its more than 360-year existence.
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It’s been a time worth toasting, and as the year draws to a close, it’s worth raising a glass and celebrating all that is to come! There are some essential celebratory drinks that just make this time of the year even more special! With so many great Cap Classique to choose from, which ones should you be popping? We’ve narrowed them down to two of South Africa’s most notable bubbly, to bring you Stars & Bubbles: 2 South African Cap Classique To Pop This Festive Season…


Graham Beck’s Shining Star: Cuvée Clive 2017

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This festive season, Graham Beck is the Cap Classique to celebrate what matters and Cuvée Clive is that centrepiece of your celebrations! Image: Graham Beck

After winning an impressive hat trick this awards season and crowned the 2022 ‘Sparkling Wine of the Year’ on three local and international competition stages, the Cuvée Clive 2017 is certainly the brightest star in the Graham Beck galaxy right now. As the prestigious flagship leading the entire collection, Cuvée Clive is a vintage-only creation that bears testimony to the specialist producer’s reputation for excellence. Described by wine critic and Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, as “a magnificent, magisterial sparkling wine with wonderful precision,” the wine-making team spares no effort in the vineyard or cellar in their passionate pursuit of the perfect bubble.


Cuvée Clive is the epitome of Cap Classique craft. Having spent no less than six years on lees developing to absolute perfection, the 2017 vintage brims with ripe citrus aromas and a touch of lime zest, while the palate is ethereal yet intriguingly complex.


Black Elephant Vintners Cap Classique

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Kevin, Raymond, and Jacques combined their uniquely diverse skill-sets in an earnest endeavour to reclaim fun in the creative process of wine-making. Image: Black Elephant Vintners

Pure synchronicity and fortuitous friendships, as well as a deep and sincere love for wine, led to the birth of Black Elephant Vintners. By cutting out the stereotypical yadda yadda and pretentiousness of the wine industry and dedicating their raw passion to the craft, the rebels have successfully created a unique range of wines with unrivalled character. Real wine, for real people.


Keeping true to their rebel roots, their selection of Golden Circle Cap Classiques are sure to appeal to all palates, with varietals ranging from Brut, Chardonnay, and Rosé. These are best paired with some iconic songs from artists like The Hollies, P!NK, Gabriella Cilmi, and Queen.


Visit the website to purchase your favourite Cap Classique on subscription.


Cap Classique is produced using a tried-and-true process, with a quality promising to be of the highest class, making it no surprise that South African bottle-fermented bubbly is loved the world over.


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