The results of the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge 2012 results were announced earlier today. My scores and tasting notes were as follows:
J.C. Le Roux Pinot Noir 2008
Pale pink in colour. Vague red fruit note on nose and palate. Lighter style, fine mousse, very dry finish. Technically correct but straightforward.
Best Blended, Best Overall
J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2003
Straw yellow. Slight yeasty note on otherwise shy nose. Citrus and green apple flavours; bright acidity; very fine, creamy mousse. Fresh and clean, focussed and remarkably primary. Well balanced with a long, dry finish.
Best Blanc de Blancs
Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2007
Pronounced aldehydic character on nose and palate. Rich and full with lots of yeasty, savoury notes. Energetic mousse, soft acidity.
Best Museum Class (Older than 2007)
Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut 2001
Lots of evolved character on the nose and palate. Mellow with a soft mousse and moderate acidity. Long, savoury finish.
The judging panel was Woolworths wine selector Allan Mullins (chair), J.C, Le Roux winemaker Elunda Basson, Rust en Vrede sommelier Joakim Hansi Blackadder, Simonsig cellarmaster Johan Malan and wine writer Neil Pendock.
Of note is that the organisers have dispensed with Non-vintage as a stand-alone category.