The Bubble Alchemists
Equal parts of alchemy and science, crafting a fine MCC presents the ultimate challenge for any winemaker. Exasperating and tremendously challenging for sure, but infinitely rewarding when done skillfully and passionately. And the results speak for themselves - utter bliss in every bottle. Over the years South Africa has garnered a reputation as one of the world's top sparkling wine producers and Graham Beck is leading the field - winning over an ever growing legion of 'fans of the fizz with finesse'.
From grape to glass the entire process of producing a top quality MCC relies on meticulous attention to detail, dedication to authenticity,
precision timing and plenty of patience. Two classic varieties are used for the base wines for the Graham Beck MCC range. Chardonnay contributes fruit and elegance, while Pinot Noir lends complexity and length of flavour.
Strict 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 dubbed Cap Classique. After primary fermentation and bottling, a second alcoholic fermentation occurs in the bottle. This second fermentation is induced by adding several grams of yeast and sugar.
Once bottled, the wines ferment and mature horizontally in cool, dark cellars for a minimum of twelve months. Longer yeast contact time, depending on the style and vintage, adds depth of flavour and complexity. After riddling (a process whereby the bottle is manipulated, either manually or mechanically, in a process called remuage, so that the lees settles in the neck of the bottle) and disgorging, Cap Classique wines are left to mature on the cork for some time, to ensure integration and balance.
The bubbles or 'bead' of a Cap Classique are a clear indication of its pedigree - the finer and more delicate the mousse or bubble, the better
the overall quality of the wine. We're sure you'll agree our tiny pin-prick bubbles denote a fizz with superior flair!
On local soils our bubblies have done us proud on numerous occasions at competitions such as the annual Veritas, Diners Club, Trophy Wine Show and Michelangelo Awards, in the John Platter Wine Guide and in the prestigious Cap Classique Challenge. Further afield our wines have been lauded at the International Wine Challenge in London and singled out by top international wine judges and journalists.
Wine writer for the Daily Mail, Matthew Jukes said our Blanc de Blancs
2005 was "a most beautiful and rewarding sparkler and still one of the best values in the world". Renowned British wine expert Jancis Robinson listed Graham Beck Brut NV in her top 25 bubblies for the 2011 festive season. We'll say cheers to that!