Graham Beck Brut Rose 2017, Western Cape, South Africa

A pioneering first for South Africa, whereby both varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, were whole bunch pressed together – this award winning Cap Classique proves its pedigree time and again both in local and international wine competitions. The Pinot Noir lends a berry-laden ripeness and subtle spiciness while the Chardonnay contributes creamy complexity. The delightful salmon-pink hue of the Vintage Rose perfectly complements the sumptuous strawberry notes and rich creamy complexity on the palate. Pinot Noir 89%, Chardonnay 11%. The Pinot Noir grapes for this Cap Classique were selected from four unique vineyards in Elgin, Durbanville, Stellenbosch and Robertson for the diversity, complexity and depth of flavors. The Chardonnay grapes originates from our estate in Robertson, where the vines grow in limestone-rich soils. All grapes were hand-picked in the early mornings and transported to our cellar, where the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were gently whole bunch pressed together. After fermentation the wine was lightly fined and bottled for the secondary fermentation, after which the wine underwent four years of lees contact time before disgorging. This bubbly has a beautiful salmon pink hue. Noticeable ripe blueberries and a subtle spiciness from the Pinot Noir with creamy complexity from the Chardonnay. An explosion of raspberry fruit and slight honeysuckle flavors on the palate, with a persistent yet delicate mousse.