Cheers to South Africa Sparklings!
Graham Beck wines come from the diverse vineyards of the Western Cape. There are four vineyards in total, including Firgrove and Robertson Vineyards where their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes thrive in the limestone rich soil. Graham Beck offers a portfolio of wines including Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinotage, and a Malbec/Sangiovese Rose. I am going to highlight an aspect that many overlook when they think of the traditional styles; sparkling.
Graham Beck creates a sparkling wine in Champagne style, but at a value that rivals a $40 bottle of the French bubbly. They offer five styles from dry and crisp to sweet and fruity. They are a third generation family winery who concentrate on superior quality fruit throughout three diverse and unique terroirs. They celebrate their New World attitude that flows from the winery and stylistic characters to the modern lines in their tasting room and cellar architecture. John Wessels, architect for both of their cellars says it best “There is no need to mimic France or Tuscany when one is rooted in Africa.”
Don’t forget to raise your glasses for their sustainability practices. They are the second wine farm on the Cape to be awarded the Biodiversity Champion Status!
Here are a few of the Graham Beck sparkling wines, and you can’t beat the value!
Graham Beck Brut NV $16- One of my favorites! A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Fresh, light, dry, rich and complex. Serve with freshly shucked oysters.
Graham Beck Bliss Demi-Sec $16 – Much softer than the dry Brut. Hints of butterscotch, honey and praline. Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend from the coastal Firgrove Vineyard.
Graham Beck Brut Rose $16 – A blend of 80% Pinot Noir 20% Chardonnay from the Robertson vineyard with natural limestone content. Ripe strawberries with a creamy note of Chardonnay
Decanted is hosting a Sparkling Wine Tasting Wednesday June 30th from 5:30-8:00pm. Also look for the World Cup Wrap-Up Tasting to sample other South African wines Thursday July 8th from 5:30-8:00pm. 1410 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples, FL. Full events schedule is posted on http://www.decantedwines.com