In Pursuit of the Perfect Bubble
If anybody can lay claim to having bubbles in their blood, then Graham Beck's cellarmaster Pieter 'Bubbles' Ferreira is walking proof! It's a clear sign that this man was born to create world-class sparkling wines.
Pieter and his stalwart team have, over the years, ensured that Graham Beck Cap Classiques are synonymous with quality, finesse and timeless appeal.
Early on in his career Pieter discovered the universal charm of this challenging style of wine. He credits his microbiology background with
helping him to understand and appreciate the finer nuances of crafting Cap Classique. Three vintages in Champagne and various overseas study tours provided plenty of opportunities to hone Pieter's natural affinity for this specialized style of wine.
He joined Graham Beck's Robertson Cellar in 1990. Surprised by the intrinsic quality of the base wines even in those early days, Pieter and his team worked hard at establishing a solid platform for MCC style wines. "As South Africans we have to embrace our sunshine," he maintains. "Our first Non Vintage was released in 1993 and we've never
looked back!" After years of refining their focus and honing their clonal selection, site selection and vineyard and cellar practices the team is reaping the rewards.
"I really try and capture the fruit characteristics of any particular variety. It's always my aim to contribute elegance and finesse. The wines are never 'in your face'," he explains. "At the end of the day you should be drinking the authentic style of the wines, not aiming for showmanship. With bubbly it's even more vital to create that finesse and delicacy. The smaller you can create that bubble, the better the chances that the
will develop gentle flavours."
"I'm still in search of the perfect bubble and, until then, I'll keep refining. The challenge of consistency and continuity in sparkling wines is vital," maintains this gifted vintner.