When considering South African wine, premium sparkling might not be top of the list. But in fact, the nation has its own traditional method sparkling wine, known as Cap Classique. A handful of brands use the so-called Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) to produce premium bottles of bubbles – the same process used to make Champagne, with grapes undergoing a second fermentation on the lees and in the bottle. One such brand is Van Hunks, which was established in the midst of Covid-related lockdowns.
In this week’s episode of The Drinking Hour podcast, David Kermode is joined by Tom Gamborg, drinks entrepreneur and founder of Van Hunks, to discuss how he created his successful Cap Classique sparkling wine brand, and to also share why the company’s sparkling mead is coming into its own.
Later in the episode, Wine Society buyer Freddy Bulmer returns to the podcast to give his latest insights in wine.