Tasting two Graham Beck sparkling wines from South Africa

A key figure behind establishing South Africa’s Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) sparkling wine is Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, cellar master at Graham Beck Wines in Robertson. Champagne-trained, South African inspired, Ferreira favors an elegant, crisp ‘house style’ that compliments the region’s diverse cuisine.

Read the interview with Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck here on BKWine Magazine.

Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck, South Africa

Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck, South Africa, photo courtesy of Graham Beck

Graham Beck Brut Méthode Cap Classique (non-vintage)

51% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir

Alcohol:  12 %

Suggested Retail: $17

Tasting notes:

Robe:  Clear gold robe, pinpoint beading, effusive nuclei, diffuse mousse.

Nose:  Beautiful ‘eau de boulangerie’ notes of  brioche, toast, yeast.

Palate: Clean citrus, amber, toasty bouche; medium finish.

Suggested Pairings: A better question to ask is what not to pair this wine with? The perfect aperitif, amuse-bouche, seafood sidekick, or all-around scene stealer for any occasion.

Score: 94

Graham Beck brut

Graham Beck brut

Graham Beck Brut Rosé (non-vintage)

55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay

Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $17

Tasting notes:

Robe: Clear coral robe, vibrant beading, diaphanous mousse.

Nose:  An intoxicating admix of salt-air, fynbos, red fruit nose.

Palate: Alluring red raspberry bouche with hints of almond and brioche, combined with a surprising, and delightful, herbaceous back-note.

Suggested pairings:  A joyful elixir. Pairs well with life. Absolutely favourite stunning rosé sparkling wine, hands down, for the price point and quality.

Score: 95

Graham Beck rose

Graham Beck rose

LM Archer is a freelance writer based in Santa Cruz, California. She is Francophile who considers wine an art and Burgundy the centre of the universe. She is the founder and editor of binNotes | redThread.

This is just one of many talented wine producers in South Africa, a country that is rapidly gaining popularity internationally. Come and discover the fantastic wines of this exciting country on a wine tour to South Africa with BKWine.

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Chardonnay, copyright BKWine Photography

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir, copyright BKWine Photography


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