Amorim Cap Classique Challenge

The Amorim Cap Classique Challenge is South Africa’s leading event affording recognition to the country’s astounding array of naturally-fermented sparkling wines, known as Méthode Cap Classique.

 

Held annually since 2002, the Cap Classique Challenge shares the same values as Amorim Cork, namely a commitment to excellence and the relentless pursuit of ultimate quality in a quality natural product. Judging is conducted in July by a team of experts, with the competition results announced in September. Entry is not limited to members of the Cap Classique Producers Association.

 

A list of previous winners along with videos and photos can be found below.

 

Amorim Cap Classique Challenge (ACCC) 2016 Cover
Most Recent Winners 2017

Best Producer, Overall Wine

Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2012

 

Best Brut

Domaine Des Dieux Claudia Brut MCC 2011

 

Best Rosé

Woolworths Simonsig Pinot Noir Rosé 2015

 

Best Blanc de Blanc

Simonsig’s Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2012

 

Best Museum Class

Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005

 

Frans Malan Legacy Award

Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck

Winners of 2016

Best Brut, Overall Winner

Anura Brut 2011

 

Best Rosé

J.C. Le Roux Pinot Noir Rosé 2010

 

Best Blanc de Blanc

Colmant Brut Chardonnay NV

 

Best Museum Class

J.C. Le Roux Scintilla Vintage Reserve 2008

 

Frans Malan Legacy Award

John and Erica Platter

Winners of 2015

Best Blanc de Blanc, Overall Winner

Altydgedacht 2013

 

Best Brut

Laborie Brut 2011 (KWV)

 

Best Rosé

Louisvale Chardonnay Pinot Noir Rosé NV

 

Best Museum Class

Pongrácz Desiderius 2003

 

Frans Malan Legacy Award

Achim Von Arnim of Haute Cabrière

2014

Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner

Domaines des Dieux 2009

 

Best Brut Non-Vintage

Lords

 

Best Rosé Non-Vintage

Graham Beck Brut Rosé

 

Best Rosé Vintage

Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2009

 

Best Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage

Colmant Brut Chardonnay

 

Best Blanc de Blancs Vintage

Laborie 2010

 

Best Museum Class

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2004

 

Frans Malan Legacy Award

Allan Mullins of Woolworths

2013

Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner

Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut 2009

 

Best Brut Non-Vintage

Colmant Brut

 

Best Rosé Non-Vintage

Graham Beck Brut Rosé

 

Best Rosé Vintage

Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2009

 

Best Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage

Colmant Brut Chardonnay

 

Best Blanc de Blancs Vintage

Rickety Bridge Blanc de Blancs 2009

 

Best Museum Class

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2007

2012

Best Blanc de Blancs, Overall Winner

Simonsig Cuvee Royale Blanc de Blanc 2007

 

Best Rosé

JC le Roux Pinot Noir Rose 2008

 

Best Brut

JC le Roux Scintilla 2003

 

Best Museum Class

Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvee Brut 2001

2011

Best Blanc de Blancs, Overall Winner

Simonsig Cuveé Royale 2005

 

Best Non-Vintage

Pongrácz Brut NV

 

Best Rose

Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV

 

Best Vintage

Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut 2007

2010

Best Blanc de Blancs, Overall Winner

Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blanc 2007

 

Best Non-Vintage

Pongrácz Brut

 

Best Rose

Pongrácz Rosé

 

Best Vintage

Kumkani Infiniti Brut 2004

2009

Best Vintage, Overall Winner

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2005

 

Best Non-Vintage

Weltevrede Philip Jonker Brut Entheos

 

Best Rose

Ross Gower Pinot Noir Brut 2007

 

Best Blanc de Blancs

Klein Constantia Brut 2006

2008

Overall Winner

JC le Roux Pinot Noir Rosé 2006 – disgorged January 2008

 

RATED 4 STARS

Krone Borealis Brut 2001 – disgorged May 2007
Waterford Cap Classique 2000 – disgorged June 2008

2007

WINNER RATED 4½ STARS

Graham Beck Brut Pinot Noir Chardonnay 1994 (1.5-litre) – disgorged March 2006

 

RATED 4 STARS

Graham Beck Brut Blanc de Blancs 2003 – disgorged July 2007
Graham Beck Brut Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV (1.5-litre) – disgorged February 2007
Morena Brut Rosé NV – disgorged June 2007 (Franschhoek Pass)
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2005 – disgorged April 2007
Villiera Monro Brut 2001 – disgorged April 2007
Woolworths Villiera Brut 1999 – disgorged November 2005

2006

WINNER RATED 4½ STARS

Desiderius Pongrácz 2001 – disgorged July 2004 (JC le Roux)

 

ALSO RATED 4½ STARS

Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve 2002 – disgorged November 2005 (Bon Courage)

 

RATED 4 STARS

Desiderius Pongrácz 1999 – disgorged April 2006 (JC le Roux)
Graham Beck Brut – disgorged December 2005
Graham Beck Brut – disgorged May 2006
Graham Beck Brut 1994 – 1.5 litre – disgorged March 2006
Graham Beck Brut Blanc de Blancs 2001 – disgorged February 2006
Graham Beck Brut Blanc de Blancs 2002 – disgorged July 2006
JC le Roux Scintilla 1999 – disgorged April 2006
JC le Roux Scintilla 2001 – disgorged April 2005
Woolworths Brut Vintage Reserve 1999 – disgorged November 2005

2005

WINNER RATED 4½ STARS

Laborie Blanc de Blanc 2000, disgorged April 2004

 

RATED 4 STARS

Desiderius Pongrácz 1998, disgorged October 2003 (JC le Roux)
Dieu Donné Maingard Brut Blanc de Blancs 2002, disgorged October 2004
Graham Beck Brut 1994 magnum, disgorged September 1999
Graham Beck Brut Blanc de Blancs 1999, disgorged April 2004
Villiera Monro 1999, disgorged January 2004
Villiera Tradition Brut Rosé, disgorged January 2005
Weltevrede Philip Jonker Brut 2000, disgorged February 2005
Woolworths Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay Brut 2002, disgorged June 2005 (Villiera)
Woolworths Méthode Cap Classique Brut 1998, disgorged October 2003 (Villiera)

2004

WINNER: RATED 4½ STARS

Jacques Bruere Brut Reserve 2000, disgorged September 2003 (Jacques Bruwer, Bon Courage)

 

RATED 4 STARS

Ambeloui Alexis Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2001 (disgorged May 2004)
Desiderius Pongrácz 1998 (disgorged December 2003)
Graham Beck Brut (disgorged August 2003)
Graham Beck Brut 1994 (disgorged January 2000, magnum)
Graham Beck Brut 1999 (disgorged August 2004, magnum)
Graham Beck Brut Blanc de Blancs 1999 (disgorged January 2004)
Graham Beck Brut Rosé (disgorged March 2004)
Jacques Bruere Blanc de Blanc Brut Reserve 2000 (disgorged September 2003)
Môreson Soleil du Matin Brut (disgorged July 2004)
Pongrácz (disgorged March 2004)
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2001 (disgorged October 2003, magnum)
Woolworths Villiera Brut Rosé (disgorged January 2004)
Woolworths Villiera MCC Vintage Reserve 1997 (disgorged September 2003)

2003

WINNER

Weltevrede Philip Jonker Brut 1999

 

ALSO RATED 4 STARS

Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs Brut 1991
Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs Brut 1998
Graham Beck Brut 1994
Graham Beck Brut NV (disgorged Dec 2001)
Groot Constantia Cap Classique NV
Môreson Soleil du Matin Brut NV
Woolworths Brut Rosé NV

2002

WINNER

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 1999

 

ALSO RATED 4½ STARS

Boschendal Brut 1998
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 1998

Overview & Feedback From Heidi Duminy – Judging Panel Chairperson

 

 

Overview & Hannes Meyer – Wine Maker of Simonsig – Overall Winner

 

2017 Winners & Event Photos

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