KWV Commemorates a Century with its Limited Edition MCC – The Centenary

Entering its 100th year, KWV, one of South Africa’s most established and trusted wine and spirits producers, is welcoming another first wi...

Entering its 100th year, KWV, one of South Africa’s most established and trusted wine and spirits producers, is welcoming another first with the launch of the limited edition 2011 Blanc de Blancs Methodé Cap Classique (MCC), The Centenary.

The introduction of the inimitable bubbly benchmarks a new and exciting era in the producer’s expanding collection, adding a refreshing dynamic to KWV’s widely esteemed ranges.

As a testament to KWV’s commitment to supporting a growing market for quality wine in South Africa, The once-off produced Centenary MCC solidifies a tradition of meticulously crafted wines and aptly celebrates the producer’s 100-year track record of dedication, teamwork and success.

Commemorating 1918, the year that KWV was established, and the vision to help develop the South African wine industry, the idea that became The Centenary narrates the tale of a company and its people that have cultivated a rising demand for Paarl-produced (Western Cape) wines.

According to Wim Truter, KWV Cellarmaster, the team is happy that the 2011 harvest resulted in the production of a wine with an unmatched flavour profile which also mirrors KWV’s continued efforts to shaping its respected image over the last century. “It's an exciting time to be part of the KWV journey,” says Truter. “Not only are we proud to introduce a wine that symbolises the company’s history, but also to share a delicious, rare MCC that has ‘come a long way’, especially after experiencing a very dry harvest season in 2011.”

Adding to KWV’s high standard of quality control, was the team’s approach to labelling The Centenary bottles by hand after degorging took place end March 2018. The packaging is further complemented with its golden seal that outlines a romantic hand-drawn illustration of the historic Paarl valley. “After overcoming challenges, enjoying new beginnings and the brand’s success over many years, we wanted to go ‘full circle’ to present a one-of-a-kind (literally) wine in an aesthetically appealing casing,” says Lianda Kotze, KWV’s marketing manager. The Centenary label was created by Bravo Design, a Cape Town based packaging design studio that won gold at the 2018 SA Wine Label Design Awards.

The 100 percent Chardonnay MCC’s elegant and lithe style results in a buttery mouthfeel and a well-rounded, yet refreshing aftertaste. Its intricate, green apple and citrus fruit aromas are matched with toasted bread and hazelnut notes. The bubbly can be enjoyed on its own and is equally delicious with fresh seafood such as oysters and sushi.

With a limited number of 750ml bottles ever to be produced, KWV’s latest addition to its broad wine range is certainly a rare gem alongside the brand’s wine collection.

The Centenary will be available exclusively at Makro stores nationwide from April until stocks last. In the following months, more products from the once-off introduction will gradually be made available selected liquor outlets, the KWV Emporium in Paarl and online at The 750ml sells from R249 per bottle.

For more information on The Centenary and KWV’s product range, visit and follow @KWVwines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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Centenary MCC

Tasting notes:

Showing citrus and green apple characters on the nose, accompanied by aromas of toasted bread and hazelnuts, the wine is perfectly rounded off with a buttery, full mouthfeel and a zesty, lingering finish. The wine’s flavour profile makes for an ideal accompaniment to light, fresh seafood dishes and can be enjoyed when well chilled and on its own.

Winemaking Process and Maturation:

Following a dry and warm 2011 harvest season in the Western Cape, the Blanc de Blancs (100 percent Chardonnay) was subsequent to seasonal conditions that lead to a limited amount number of grapes. Hence, the wine has resulted in a full, soft flavour. The grapes were handpicked and cooled in bins in the course of harvests’ mornings. After that, the grapes were whole-bunch pressed and the juice was used for the final blend. A yeast strain was used for the main fermentation and a 50 percent portion of the varietal underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then blended and bottled and underwent a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The maturation process took place over 36 months after which it was disgorged, corked and labelled.

About KWV:

KWV is one of South Africa’s leading wine and spirits producers and has a distinguished heritage that is known internationally. Ranging from Roodeberg, KWV and Laborie wines and brandies, the brand portfolio reflects a broad collection of innovative products of which more than 100 is enjoyed abroad. Celebrating its 100th anniversary year in 2018, the company has long been recognised an important counterpart and Proud Pioneers in the growth of the South African wine industry. Today, KWV is a global wine and spirits producer with more than 100 markets globally.


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