Lourensford Wine Estate located in Somerset West invited us for a very special occasion this week. The lovely team traveled to Cape Town all the way from the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in order to introduce us to their limited edition of the Cuvee ’89 MCC.
It was an absolutely exclusive launch that took place at SeaBreeze Fish & Shell – an adorable little restaurant on Bree Street – and I had been excited about this event since getting my hands on the invite that was graciously extended by lovely Sarah and Vicki from Splash PR.
The reason for our get together was the unveiling of the Lourensford Cuvee ‘89 MCC Brut Zero 2007. Yes, you are reading this correctly – this exclusive range with just 525 bottles is now 10 years old!!! The cuvee ‘89 received its name and the elegant character from spending an additional 89 months on the lees after it had been bottled.
Originally, I was to visit this event with my colleague Alexandra but unfortunately, she was otherwise engaged and so I took my friend Lisa and Rachel. I arrived a little early and was able to take plenty of pictures. SeaBreeze Fish & Shell had outdone themselves by arranging oysters on silver platters and Lourensford’s MCC was kept cold in big wine coolers with ice that contained frozen flowers. In spite of it being quite cold we thoroughly enjoyed the offered MCC and the oysters magically made their way into my tummy one by one. I still made some time to speak to the owner of SeaBreeze Fish & Shell. It is always good to know a bit more about the venue, especially if you are a sea food fanatic like myself. They pride themselves to make vegan and vegetarian food options available and they have an excellent oyster & MCC bar, which we occupied quite happily. They also served some divine tuna burgers marinated in dill and their traditional fish & chips were to die for.
Lourensford cellar master Hannes Nel himself then introduced us to the Lourensford Cuvee ’89 explaining:
“We exposed the wine to the lees for over 7 years, to produce an MCC which expresses the key flavours and character associated with premium sparkling wines crafted in the traditional French method”
“Making Méthod Cap Classique is a fine art that tests a winemaker’s skill to the limit. It keeps you humble and on your toes. But what excites me most about our Cuvee ‘89 is that it has matured so elegantly, illustrating that South Africa can produce MCC’s with ageing potential. In fact, I expect this to be enjoyable drinking even in 2022!”
He then moved on to the sabrage of one of the 525 bottles of the Cuvee ’89. The art of skillfully removing the bottle neck with a sword had me quite impressed.
Even though the whole room scrambled to safety before Hannes proceeded, he managed keep his cool.
Hannes love for good seafood with even better MCC made me fall in love with the idea of celebrating life more often. Time passes quickly so every moment counts and sipping bubbly while enjoying some oysters or a mixed seafood platter would enrich everyone’s day.
Have we got you thirsty? Fantastic! The Lourensford Cuvee 89 MCC Brut Zero 2007 is exclusively available through the Lourensford Estate tasting room at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021-8472300. Be quick about it though as they will sell out fast!
For the experts out there, here are some technical details about the Limited Edition Cuvee `89 MCC.