South African Fine Fizz

Cap Classique is celebrating 50 years of South Africa’s unique fine fizz. This bottle-fermented wine with rich, rampaging flavours and lively bubbles is South Africa’s fastest growing wine category. It takes time to make a bottle – the minimum has just gone up to 12 months – and as far as grapes go, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir tend to be the leading lights. Pop a bottle and raise a glass on your next sunny picnic!


Boschendal Chardonnay-Pinot Noir Brut (12.5%), £15, Lemony flavours with bold bubbles, this is a top fizz to pair with nibbles or canapés.

Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2016 (12.5%), £17.50, Brioche aromas, umami richness and bright delicious invigoration. Splendid fizz.

Bon Courage Jacques Bruére 2012 (11.5%), £17.99, Silky and rich, this is amazing bubbly to sip with comté cheese.

Villiera Tradition Brut NV (12%), £17.99, Impressive depth with broad flavours and savoury splendour, this is up there with the best bubbly.


Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2019 (12%), £12.95, Terrific value for a fine fizz balanced with vibrant refreshment and rich aromas.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 15th August 2021 Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.

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