vBrut Sparkling Wine Western Cape
Choose wisely and you could be happier--and better off--with sparkling wines than Champagnes on offer in the run-up to Christmas.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.
53% Chardonnay and 47% Pinot Noir. A family-owned business with 2 wineries, one in Robertson and the other in Franschhoek. Predominantly Robertson sourced grapes, with about 10% from Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Elgin & Walker Bay. Vines planted on limestone with red karoo clay and are 7 - 25 years old. Grapes were hand-harvested with a yield of 78 hl/ha. Pressed very gently in a Champagne cycle press as whole bunches, then fermented in stainless steel tanks with pdm yeast (30% of final blend fermented in 205 litre barrels). 4 months on primary lees then secondary ferment in bottle. Aged in bottle for 15 months before disgorgement. Winemaker Pieter Ferreira. Suitable for vegetarians. TA 5.93 g/l, pH 3.09, RS 11.0 g/l. DWWA 2013 Bronze Medal. Very neutral with tight bead but not too sweet and *Good Value*.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Disgorged February 2011, a blend of 49% Chardonnay and 51% Pinot Noir with 8.6 gm/l residual sugar, the Non-Vintage Brut has a soft, creamy bouquet with touches of apple-blossom and yeast aromas. The palate is well defined with good acidity on the entry, citrus peel, fresh lime with a pleasing, commercially minded creamy finish. Unbeatable 'bang for bucks' as they say. Drink now. Graham Beck passed away in July 2010 leaving one almighty legacy behind him: a state-of-the-art winery that welcomes thousands of visitors each year, their sparkling Brut chosen by Michele Obama for her husband’s inauguration ceremony as well as Nelson Mandela’s in 1994. But what matters most is that the Graham Beck Winery has a portfolio of wines that offers outstanding value, particular with respect to their sparkling wines and whites. Their cellar master Pieter Ferriera, is responsible for their sparkling wines and he took me through their entire range.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale copper-tinged gold. Tangerine, spicy oak and a hint of exotic fruits on the nose. Fruity and harmonious, with a yeasty complexity adding depth to the fairly dense, harmonious middle palate. Comes across as sweeter and fuller than the Blanc de Blancs, but finishes dry and crisp, with a bit more length. No shortage of flavor here.
With its excellent carbonation and full, dry body, this is an easy-pleasing sparkler with notes of lime, ripe green apple and a hint of chalky minerality. The crisp, clean finish makes this a good option for an apéritif or to serve with casual appetizers.
A soft, friendly style, offering lots of brioche and apple notes. Broad, soft mousse marks the finish. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. (Web Only-2011)