Graham Beck Sparkling Wine South Africa

SKU #1052431 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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? (NM)  (4/2017)

Vinous

 Strong, fresh mousse. Fresh, inviting white peach, lime and apple aromas are complicated by toasty lees and a hint of salinity. Frothy and fresh, delivering lovely lift to the apple and peach flavors. Delicious, fruit-driven, very youthful sparkling wine. (ST)  (6/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 This offers very pretty flavors at a reasonable price, making it a good choice for everyday drinking or a celebration where quantity is needed. Buttery, warm aromas mingle with a crisp, flinty sparkle in the nose and on the palate. It's on the sweet side but that lively zip keeps the wine aloft. Half Pinot Noir, half Chardonnay. (SK)  (12/2007)

Wine Spectator

 A soft, friendly style, offering lots of brioche and apple notes. Broad, soft mousse marks the finish. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. (JM, Web Only-2011)

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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.