N.V. Graham Beck Brut Rose

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Robertson and Stellenbosch
Country: South Africa
Wine Advocate: 87
Vinous Media: 88
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$12.95

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"The Non-Vintage Brut Rosé, an equal blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, has an attractive pale salmon color. The nose is light but nicely defined with rose petal and melon scents, while the palate is well-balanced with crisp acidity and generous strawberry and red cherry notes toward the finish. Drink now. " (WA)

"Very pale orange-copper color. Bright, fresh raspberry and cherry aromas, along with a light leesy nuance. Tastes sweeter than the brut, with strong red berry flavors dominating. A bit weightier and broader but not better. Sweeter and softer on the finish too. Drink: 2015-2018." (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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