Win a CASE of 6 PAUL RENÉ MCC BRUT ROSÉ Bottles (Value: R960!)

by Claire Minnaar


Champagne has been described as the “vinous equivalent of a white diamond”, which would make the rosé a rare and wonderful pink diamond. No wonder then, that two bottles of a 1959 Dom Pérignon Rosé were sold at an auction in New York for US$85 000 in 2008.

Here in South Africa the Méthode Cap Classique rosé may not have the same marketing hype but it remains a favourite for those celebratory moments that we all cherish. If, as they say, diamonds are forever, then bubbly is for now.

When farmer and bubbly enthusiast Henk van Niekerk married Monica Marais, they set about making the Wonderfontein Wine Estate in the Robertson Valley into a premier producer of MCC.

The estate has been in the Marais family for five generations, and Monica traces her roots back deep into France. After years of research and exploration, the couple produced their first 800 bottles of the Paul René MCC Brut in 2009. Monica—the artist in the family—designed the labels, positioning the brand at the discerning client who knows how to celebrate the joy of life.

The Brut was made from 100% chardonnay grapes, hand picked in the early morning, the crates chilled overnight and then passed into the press where the whole berries are crushed. Each bottle was fermented for 20 months on the lees, creating a vibrant freshness and an emphatically persistent dry finish.

Six years later and they have now released the Paul René MCC Brut Rosé. Again, the grapes were hand picked from vineyards in the valley (75% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay).

Though Wonderfontein has rich and fertile soil, we prefer to use the grapes from our farm ten kilometres away,” said Henk. “This has rocky limestone soils, which I believe gives our bubbly its unique taste.

Henk’s approach to bubbly echoes that of the great masters who have always claimed “everything that makes a wine unique is in the ground”. As he said, “I believe that special treatment comes from under the ground and from the sky. Over complicating the pruning and canopy management is not our approach. It is crucial, however, to plant the right varieties in the correct terroir.

The grapes of the Paul René MCC Brut Rosé were fermented for 24 months on the lees at a consistent temperature of 140C before disgorgement. The result is a light salmon pink bubbly, with silky rich fruit flavours and floral undertones.

Henk spends a lot of time in the vineyard during harvest, attending to the quality and sorting of grapes. “When you hand pick that perfect bunch of grapes for the press, you know that your heart and soul are going into the making of that bubbly.”

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One lucky person stands in line to win a case of 6 x PAUL RENÉ MCC BRUT ROSÉ bottles (value R960)!

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Karen at MomAgain@40 December 10, 2015 - 12:47 pm

Need some festive cheer this holiday season! It was a tough year!

Natasha Palvie December 10, 2015 - 12:53 pm

Wow, what an awesome prize for the holidays!!!!!

Tracy Jacobs December 10, 2015 - 12:53 pm

Champagne is so festive and my bestest drink 🙂

Sharleen December 11, 2015 - 8:50 pm

Festive drinks 😊

dina dos santos (@tenaciousD2013) December 10, 2015 - 12:56 pm

perfect to see the new year with Paul rene’ Mcc Brut <3

Cheron Hercules December 10, 2015 - 12:57 pm

It has been such a long hard difficult year. Just what I need

Roxanne Grove (@nitrosys) December 10, 2015 - 12:58 pm

I deserve to win this to celebrate with my family for getting through a terrible year of financial stress, lot’s of grey hair and mourning the loss of a loved one. Hopefully next year will be a bit better and kinder to us all!

Talitha December 10, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Gosh 😉 I am even more thirsty now!

Roslyn Kinnear December 10, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Hellllloooooooo there, what an AMAZING prize. Just what I need, something uplifitng to make me float away, what better way than with some bubbly. And not just any Champers i might add. THE BEST!! Would love to win this and share it with my mom, who helps me out so much. This would really but a smile on her dial. Let the festivities begin. Fingers and toes crossed, plus holding my breath until the first sip of that tantalising PAUL RENÉ MCC BRUT ROSÉ! Come to mama! You know you want too!!

Anita Steenkamp December 10, 2015 - 1:02 pm

I know everyone is saying its been a hard year, it has been for us too. Now hubby may just get a better job so it seems we are celebrating. That’s why I would love to win this so we can celebrate with some Champagne! (hold thumbs we will be celebrating)

Yolandi December 10, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Just as excellent as my year was, so will it be to end it off with a excellent tasting Champagne. Mmmm…..yum yum

Angela Howell December 10, 2015 - 1:47 pm

20 months fermentation !!♡ longer than a pregnancy. Not sure i would be able to wait that long to take a sip. ‘ here i am going to put this bubbly infront of you, but you can only drink it after 20 months’ i like knowing these things. People forget the time, love and effort that goes into making perfect bubbles. Well done Henk and Monica

Simone Cameron December 10, 2015 - 1:53 pm

I definitely deserve this after the year I’ve had. I went through an awful pregnancy with Hyperemesis Gravidarum…9 long months of agony, but my beautiful baby boy born in August was so worth it! After dealing with a newborn and my 2 other kids in the absence of my husband that traveled way too much for work….I feel I deserve to just relax with my husband and some bubbly…on a warm summer’s night, overlooking the pool and just breath a sigh of relief to say ‘we survived 2015!’lol

This champagne sounds divine and will be put to good use if I win it…promise 😉

Gabrielle December 10, 2015 - 7:19 pm

What a beautiful story but even more beautiful is the branding of this bottle! STUNNING! Being a bubbly glutton, I’m surprised I’ve never had the opportunity to taste it. Despite being brand loyal, there’s always an opportunity for change 😉 Last Christmas season we went through 16 cases of bubbly as my moto (which has been on my FB page for 7 years) is: “There’s only one thing worse than warm ‘champagne’ … no ‘champagne’!” Let me give it a try and you very well may have a loyal Paul René lover for life. Either way – well done guys!! Merry Christmas and a very BUBBLY holiday xxx

Natalie December 11, 2015 - 8:54 am

perfect for the holidays, what a good way to celebrate surviving another year!

Gabrielle December 11, 2015 - 11:16 am

Whilst laying in bed now, willing my 2 1/2 year old to go to sleep *PING* … I had a lightbulb moment!!! The Paul René MCC Brut Rosé would be the PERFECT addition to my “LOCAL IS LEKKA” Christmas baskets I’m putting together for my family. In the spirit of giving, I would be willing to share but would definitely keep one bottle ALL to myself 😉

Carolyn Augustus December 11, 2015 - 3:59 pm

This will be perfect to end off what was a hectic year

rehana seedat December 11, 2015 - 5:39 pm

I would love to win a case of PAUL RENÉ MCC BRUT ROSÉ bottles for my best friend in celebration of her wedding 20th anniversary

Bianca Balutto December 11, 2015 - 9:45 pm

This would be perfect for the festive season to celebrate with my family.

Marc December 13, 2015 - 12:23 pm

would be a great way to end off the year!

Megs Hartwig December 14, 2015 - 8:32 am

I’ve never actually had this before and it it will be great to toast to the new year with such an AMAZING Champagne! GIMME SOME PLEASE!!!!

Ketna December 14, 2015 - 12:22 pm

My family & I have never had Champagne and this would make X-Mas special

Michelle December 16, 2015 - 9:29 am

after a tough year, this will be a great way to unwind

Marcelle December 17, 2015 - 11:00 am

I am a LOVER of MCC. I have never tried Paul Rene and would love it give it a go. Looking forward to the holidays enjoying MCC with some friends.

Olivia Williams December 17, 2015 - 4:11 pm

To celebrate the birth of our baby boy in style


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