N.V. Graham Beck Brut Rose

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Robertson and Stellenbosch
Country: South Africa
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 89
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$12.95

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"Disgorged December 2016, the NV Brut Rose is a blend of 54% Pinot Noir and 46% Chardonnay with 5.7 grams per liter of residual sugar. It offers attractive scents of red cherries and a punnet of strawberries on a summer's day. Fine delineation and focus here, if not the complexity you might expect in a top-flight Rosé. The palate is well balanced with commendable weight and volume in the mouth. This is not a shy retiring flower, but a flavor-packed sparkling Rosé that should delight for the next 3-4 years." (WA)

"(disgorged Jan. 2017): Pale silver-pink. Lively, fruit-driven scents of strawberry, raspberry and flowers; I might have picked this blind as Pinot from the nose. Conveys a touch of sweetness but lovely acidity frames the wine's lively red berry and cherry fruit flavors. Not the most refined mousse but easy to drink, and with good backbone and acidity. Finishes with a touch of mineral firmness and very good length. A distinctly open-knit, rather commercial style but very good." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Vineyards:
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown on our own estate vineyards in Robertson, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

Harvest Details:
Both varieties were hand picked: Pinot Noir at 19 Brix for complexity and length of flavor and Chardonnay at 19.5 Brix for fruit and elegance.

Cellar:
Produced in the Méthode Cap Classique (méthode champenoise) cellar, Robertson, South Africa.

Cellar treatment:
Whole bunch pressing with fractional recovery from the whole bunches ensured that only the quality juice went into fermentation. Gentle color extraction was obtained by an enzymatic reaction during the transport of the Pinot Noir fruit to the process. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were fermented separately then blended, lightly fined and bottled for the secondary fermentation with sufficient time on lees to develop subtle yeasty characters but to burst with berry and cherry flavor.

Tasting notes:
“Pale silver-pink with romas of raspberries, cherries and a few second- ary whiffs of minerality. A lively mousse but fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavors enlivened by bright acids. Brisk on the palate, showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured.” -Pieter Ferreira.

Food pairing:
Perfect with seafood or light meats in all seasons and settings.


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