N.V. Graham Beck Brut

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Western Cape
Country: South Africa
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 88--Decanter Magazine: 90+
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$12.95

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"The NV Brut , which carries six grams per liter of residual sugar and was disgorged December 2016, is an equal blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It has a fresh lime and sea spray bouquet, well defined with a light honeysuckle aroma. The palate is well balanced with citrus peel on the entry. It might not be as persistent as other South African MCCs, but it is bounding with freshness and delivers a tangy orange-pith finish. How how many champagnes can you get change from with a twenty dollar bill?" (WA)

"(disgorged Feb. 2017; spent just 18 months on its lees, vs. 36 or more for the vintage Blanc de Blanc Brut): More golden-yellow than the 2012 B de B, with a strong mousse. Discreet, frothy aromas of lemon, lime and toast. Supple, easygoing style with citrus and stone fruits dominating. I find a touch of Pinot red berries but little in the way of yeast autolysis complexity. Delicious now, even if it shows a slight bitter edge not shown by the other sparkling wines here (from less time on the lees?)." (VM)

"A very pretty nose of fresh flowers, citrus and creamy toast leads into a balanced, rich Chardonnay-like character on the palate. Minerally, clean, fresh but serious, this wine is food-friendly and elegant." (WE)

"25 great sparkling wines under $25 “Choose wisely and you could be happier-and better off-with sparkling wines than Champagnes on offer in the run-up to Christmas,” says Suzy Barrie, MW. ”Graham Beck Brut NV. This is classic stuff with bready, autolytic aromas, a fine mousse and distinctly savoury flavour...if you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to big-name Champagne, this is it. -November 2013" (Decanter Magazine)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard:
Chardonnay selected from the riverside and “limestone” vineyards with high natural lime in the soils producing three and one half tons per acre. Pinot Noir is planted in the loamy clay soils of our coastal Firgrove Vineyards; producing four tons per acre on average.

Harvest Details:
Both varietals are hand picked: Chardonnay at 18 - 19.5 Brix for fruit and elegance; Pinot Noir at 18.5 - 20 Brix for complexity and length of flavor.

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

Cellar treatment:
Whole bunch pressing ensures fractional recovery. After settling of juice the two varieties are fermented separately. They are then crossblended along with reserve wine if necessary, bottled and left for 15 to 18 months yeast contact time before disgorgement.

Tasting notes:
“Light yeasty aromas, good fruit on the nose, and rich creamy complexity on the palate. Fine mousse gives freshness and finesse.” Pieter Ferreira.

Food pairing:
Perfect with seafood or light meats.


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