In a nutshell: A fresh, bright and creamy South African sparkler from one of the country's leading producers.
The lowdown: Graham Beck is the leading South African producer of sparkling wines with an envious reputation right across the globe. The wines they make have Methode Cap Classique on the label which is South Africa's term for wines made in the same way as Champagne. This cuvée is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and, for the price, this is magnificent value for money. It has a pale straw colour and a fine, delicate mousse with delightful aromas of yeast and toasted almonds. There's a lovely brioche richness which combines with crisp citrussy and tropical fruit flavours giving a real elegance and complexity all the way through.
When to drink: A wonderful aperitif it's great to drink alongside savoury canapés.
Graham Beck is a giant of the South African Wine scene and have firmly established themselves as one of the worlds leading sparkling wine houses. One of the foremost producers of Methode Cap Classique - sparkling wine made in the Champagne method - Graham Beck are devoted to quality and consistency. Since the launch of their maiden cuvée in 1991, their range of sparkling wines have been recipients of many prestigious wine awards.
Located in the Robertson region of South Africa, most of the work is done in the vineyard, where they strive for optimal ripeness and balance. We focus on minimal intervention, allowing the authentic essence of the fruit and terroir to shine through in the final wine. The unique dry, cool climate of Robertson, combined with the rich limestone soils, produce wine with universal appeal and star quality, says cellarmaster, Pieter Ferreira.
Their exceptional portfolio shows an unwavering dedication to the production of top sparkling wine. The portfolio has three tiers: the Non-Vintage Collection, Vintage Collection and Prestige Collection. While each of these wines expresses its own unique and authentic character, they all display the recognisable characteristics of being made the Graham Beck way.