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Van Hunks Brut Methode Cap Classique NV
Van Hunks is a new and exiciting brand of Méthode Cap Classique (or MCC), a sparkling wine from South Africa made by the 'traditional method' which follows Champagne vinification techniques. It was created by the dynamic marketing professional Tom Gamborg who was captivated by the Cap Classique that he drank while living in South Africa. Never being a huge fan of Champagne which felt exclusive rather than inclusive, he thought how inspiring it would be create delicious sparkling wines that offer style and substance and which would bring people together. He partnered with Matthew Krone, a 12th generation wine producer from South Africa, who he calls 'The Champion of Bubbles'. The name Van Hunks comes from a Cape Townian legend which tells the story of Jan van Hunks, a retired pirate, who was lured into a pipe smoking competition with the Devil at the base of Devil's Peak. They currently produce two MCCs including a non-vintage Brut made from Chardonnay (70%) and Pinot Noir (30%). Fresh and fruity, with notes of crisp red apple, pear, citrus fruits and gentle toast. A fun wine to kick off dinner parties or to take to the beach!
Robin says 'Like the Van Hunks rosé, only the cuvée (the best quality juice) is used in this Brut's blend. It also spends an impressive 30 months in bottle on its fine lees before disgorgement giving it additional complexity and freshness.'
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