The Hedonistic Taster | № 23 | Graham Beck Méthode Cap Classique | South Africa

The Hedonistic Taster |  № 23 | Graham Beck Méthode Cap Classique | South Africa

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne MLTastevin

“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate tasting format.

The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.


Today’s Tasting:

Graham Beck Méthode Cap Classique | South Africa

This tasting marks the first in my focus on  Affordable Burgundy + Beyond. Here, I taste through a bit of ‘beyond’ – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-based bubbles from South Africa.

If Champagne has a soul sister, it may be Méthode Cap Classique. Specific to South Africa, Cap Classique employs the same “traditional method” used to make Champagne, whereby the second fermentation occurs in bottle.

A key figure behind establishing South Africa’s Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wine is Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, cellarmaster at Graham Beck Wines in Robertson. Champagne-trained, South African inspired, Ferreira favors an elegant, crisp ‘house style’ that compliments the region’s diverse cuisine.

These tastings notes compliment a recent Skype interview I conducted with Pieter Ferreira hosted by Wines of South Africa. Please look for the forthcoming interview here later this summer.

Authors Note: I was delightfully surprised to meet Pieter at IPNC this past weekend, and can vouch that he is every bit as effervescent as his wines. 

Wine: Graham Beck Brut Méthode Cap Classique Sparkling Wine (51% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir)

Vintage: N/V

Alcohol:  12 %

Suggested Retail:  $17



Robe:  Clear gold robe, pinpoint beading, effusive nuclei, diffuse mousse.

Nose:  Beautiful ‘eau de boulangerie’ notes of  brioche, toast, yeast.

Palate: Clean citrus, amber, toasty bouche; medium finish.

Suggested Pairings: A better question to ask is what not to pair this wine with? The perfect apéritif, amuse-bouche, seafood sidekick, or all-around scene stealer for any occasion.

Score: 94

Wine: Graham Beck Brut Rosé (55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay)

Vintage: N/V

Alcohol:  12.5%

Suggested Retail: $17



Robe: Clear coral robe, vibrant beading, diaphanous mousse.

Nose:  An intoxicating admix of salt-air, fynbos, red fruit nose.

Palate: Alluring red raspberry bouche with hints of almond and brioche, combined with a surprising, and delightful, herbaceous backnote.

Suggested Pairings:  A joyful elixir. Pairs well with life.Absolutely fave stunning rosé sparkling wine, hands down, for the price point and quality.

Score: 95

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