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Free Graham Beck Tasting with Cellar Master Pieter Ferreira
August 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us to taste through Graham Beck’s Brut, Brut Rosé and Still Rosé! We are proud and excited to announce that Pieter Ferreira, Cellar Master at Graham Beck, will be at our free Graham Beck Tasting this Friday!
GRAHAM BECK, CAP CLASSIQUE, BRUT Was $18.98 Now $16.98 Save: $2
“The Non-Vintage Brut has pretty apricot and mango scents that are lively and vivacious. The palate is lively on the entry with crisp acidity, citrus peel on the entry with a terse but very focused finish. This is one of the best showings for Pieter Ferreira’s sparkler.” 90 Points Wine Advocate
GRAHAM BECK, CAP CLASSIQUE, BRUT ROSE Was $18.98 Now $16.98 Save: $2
“The NV Brut Rose is a blend of 54% Pinot Noir and 46% Chardonnay with 5.7 grams per liter of residual sugar. It offers attractive scents of red cherries and a punnet of strawberries on a summer’s day. Fine delineation and focus here, if not the complexity you might expect in a top-flight Rosé. The palate is well balanced with commendable weight and volume in the mouth. This is not a shy retiring flower, but a flavor-packed sparkling Rosé that should delight for the next 3-4 years.” 89 Points Wine Advocate
GRAHAM BECK GORGEOUS ROSE Was $15.98 Now $12.98 Save: $3
Gorgeous delivers a richly textured taste sensation with intriguing layers that unfold delicately on the palate. This wine features spicy, mineral scented aromas of orange blossom, jasmine and pear followed by layers of mouth filling raspberry cream, grapefruit, lime and honeydew melon flavors. A juicy acidity provides the ideal balance followed by a clean, satisfying finish.
What is Cap Classique?
Grapes are selected from a diversity of regions in the Cape, resulting in highly individual styles. Only specific white and red grape varieties are used to ensure delicate fruit and rich complexity. Grape Selection in the vineyards ensures that only perfectly healthy grapes are handpicked and brought to the cellar.
Whole bunch pressing is at the heart of the winemaking process, with only the first pressing, our cuveé, used to make the various base wines destined to be called Cap Classique. Individual base wines and blends are tasted annually by the Association’s own members to ensure that the final wine is of a high quality.
Once bottled, the bottles ferment and mature horizontally in cool, dark cellars for a minimum of twelve months. There are individual members who ensure much longer yeast contact time, depending on the style and vintage. After riddling and disgorging, Cap Classique wines are left to mature on the cork for some time, to ensure integration and balance. This commitment to quality is evident in your glass every time a Cap Classique cork is popped.
Who is Pieter Ferreira?
“When thinking about MCC (Method Cap Classique) wines in South Africa, certain names immediately spring to mind. These are people who have put them on the map in a really big way. They have made sure that some of our bubblies often confound the wine experts in blind tastings in Europe, when they rate them higher than the ‘real’ thing.
One of these people is Pieter Ferreira, affectionately known as ‘Bubbles’ to aficionados. His name is synonymous with Graham Beck MCCs, where he has been the driving force for 26 years. His easygoing, fun nature hides a great talent and a determined sense of purpose. A self-confessed ex surfer dude, he is quintessentially a people’s person, most at home in congenial company where his wines are a most delicious accompaniment.” –South African County Life