2007 Graham Beck Blanc des Blancs Sparkling Wine Western Cape

SKU #1114215 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Disgorged November 2010, whole bunch pressed and matured in 7% new barrels, the 2007 Blanc de Blancs has a well defined nose that is initially reticent but opens nicely to offer limestone and fresh green apple aromas. The palate is well balanced with a subtle creamy entry, lovely texture and harmony that dovetails into a very refined finish. This is a very well crafted Blanc de Blancs. Drink now-2016.  (8/ 2011)

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 Delicate accents of green apple flesh, juicy orange and peach pit fill out the nose and mouth of this attractive sparkler. The slightly aggressive carbonation keeps the palate fresh and mouthwatering, and a hint of baking spice graces the brisk finish.  (11/ 2012)

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