Budget sparkling wines for Christmas and New Year

With the festive season upon us, sparkling wine is the tipple of choice for many party-goers. But few have the money to buy expensive festive season bubblies. Angelique Ruzicka has put together a list of sparkling wines and some alternatives to consider all around or under R100.

Solms-Delta’s Cape Jazz Shiraz:
This is a low-alcohol bubbly pétillant, similar to an Italian Lambrusco. It is light, sparkling and refreshing, infused with a subtle fruity sweetness and value for money.
Cost: Available online from www.solms-delta.co.za, Pick n Pay, Ultra Liquors, Makro and selected wine retailers at R58.

Nederberg Première Cuvée Brut:
A fruity sparkler, which consists of 45% Riesling, 36% Chenin blanc, 12% Chardonnay and 7% Colombar grapes. Nederberg suggests pairing this drink with oysters, seasonal fruits, omelettes, eggs benedict or simply enjoy on its own.

Cost: It’s widely available at Pick n Pay, Checkers, Tops at Spar and other liquor outlets.  It’s also available from Nederburg in Paarl at R62 per bottle.


Twee Jonge Gezellen (Editor’s pick)
I may be a bit biased here as I often visited Tulbagh as a teenager to ride the horses on my grandparent’s farm which happened to be just a canter away from Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate (TJ). TJ is well known for its Méthode Cap Classiques, which it makes from Champagne varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery showcased its full range of Cap Classiques at the 2014 Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival, which takes place every year in Franschhoek in November.
Cost: Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut 2013 retails for between R100-R110, Krone Rosé Cuvée Brut 2013 retails between R110-R120 while the Krone Night Nectar Demi-Sec 2012 retails at R100 – R110. If you are feeling flush, the Nicolas Charles Krone Marque 1 retails for around R280. For more information, click here.

Groote Post Brut Rosé
Groote Post describes the drink as a ‘A classic blend of 70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir that has replaced The Old Man’s Sparkle. It is an elegant salmon-hued Cap Classique with a fine creamy mousse, gorgeous notes of crushed strawberries and raspberries and a silky smoothness on the palate.’ If you like pink and your budget is around the R100 mark why not try some?
Cost: Retails for R107. Click here to find out more.

Muratie Lady Alice Brut Rosé (2012)
I really did try to keep the bubblies I featured at under or around R100. But ladies, if you are happy to stretch yourself a bit, the Muratie Lady Alice Brute Rose retails for R120.  Named after Lady Alice Sarah Stanford, who was renowned for her ability to throw a party, this bottle contains a crisp dry rosé made from 100% Pinot Noir.
Cost: R120. For more information, click here.


Recommended by a pro

Head Chef Pellie Grobler of The Black Bamboo restaurant believes there are several interesting bubblies that have emerged recently including Charles Fox, Aurelia, Silverthorn, SteenBerg’s Sauvignon Blanc and Filia Huis of Chevallerie. Below we feature two of his recommendations that we believe won’t break the bank (provided you don’t buy too many of course).
Aurelia MCC by Lukas Wentzel
Aurelia is a personal tribute MCC by Lucas Wentzel a winemaker at Groote Post to his family matriarch.  The golden colour is the end result of two years of ageing on the lees. The wine displays very strong honey and dried apricot on the nose and boasts a yeasty biscuit flavor.
Cost: You can buy it for R125 a bottle through Get Wine.co.za.


Steenberg’s Sauvignon Blanc

“The sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is bottled fermented and spends three months on the lees, it is intended to be ‘Prosecco-style’.  It is neutral on the nose and has a lime and green apple on the palate.  It is neither sweet nor dry and the acidity is moderate with bubbles that are soft and frothy,” says Grobler.
Cost: Buy it directly off Steenberg’s website at R99 a bottle.


Finally, something in-between


Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

Looking for something light, that is cheap and cheerful? Why not try Robertson Winery’s recently launched Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc? Recommended on a hot summer’s day.
Cost: It is widely available nationally at major liquor retailers and grocers, retailing for approximately R50.