Proposed new Methode Cap Classique (MCC) wine laws has been submitted

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Earlier in March this year, a presentation was done to the Wine and Spirits Board (WSB) on proposed changes to the wine laws pertaining to Cap Classique. We are still awaiting confirmation on the timeline from the WSB but the process has been activated.

These aspects will change the wine law regarding Cap Classique and the three most important issues at this stage is as follow:

1. In future, preferably from the 2018 vintage, all grapes destined for Cap Classique will have to be certified on WS & WSB (green & pink) cards. A producer will only be able to sell or claim Cap Classique on certified Cap Classique in future.

2. The trademark Cap Classique belongs to the Cap Classique Producers’ Association and therefore in future, any producer wishing to have reference to Methode Cap Classique or Cap Classique will have to be a certified member of the Association.

3. Time on the lees, from the date after the ‘tirage’ bottling currently is a minimum of 9 months and will change to a minimum of 12 months on the lees. This will be applicable on the 2019 vintage.

In case you need more information please contact the Cap Classique Association office -

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