Graham Beck Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine Western Cape

SKU #1052437 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Disgorged December 2011, the Non-Vintage Brut Rose is a blend of 51% Pinot Noir and 49% Chardonnay. The grapes varieties are fermented separately, the colour obtained through enzymatic reaction during transport of the Pinot Noir. It has a clean Morello cherry and raspberry bouquet, whilst the palate is bounding full of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit. With its racy acidity, and with a powerful, creamy textured, peachy finish, this really is a lot of fun. 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.  (8/ 2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 A soft, dry sparkling rosť with modest aromas and flavors of strawberry hull, white cranberry and grapefruit peel. Medium bodied with assertive carbonation and a clean finish. So juicy and refreshing, this would be an excellent choice for brunch or lunch al fresco.  (9/ 2010)

Wine Spectator

 Soft and friendly, with good cherry and watermelon notes and an easygoing finish. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Drink now. (Web-2011)

K&L Notes

A blend of 59%, Pinot Noir and 41% Chardonnay, in the prettiest shade of pale pink, Graham Beck's Brut Rose is crisp and refreshing, with fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas and flavors and a creamy mousse. Chalky mineral undertones add structure and sophistication to this South African methode traditionelle sparkling wine. If you are looking for something a little different to make a special occasion really pop without stretching the dollar too far, look no further than this delightful gem. It has been selected to be served at many important international diplomatic occasions, including President Obama's inauguration in 2008 and Nelson Mandela's in 1994.

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 By: MartinD of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog |  Review Date: 6/30/2011 
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Watermelon pink color with a hint of silver. Nose offers aromas of yeast, and raspberries.Tiny dispersed bubbles, with a creamy mousse. Fruity, yet dry with crisp acidity. Flavors of raspberries, cherries, with a slight mineral notes. There's a bit of citrus on the back palate for me. Short-medium finish. Great QPR!

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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.