The Pleasure is PINK!


Daring yet demure, classy yet coquettish, elegant yet effervescent…introducing one of this year’s most exciting Graham Beck debuts – the vivacious new Brut Rosé NV. The latest addition to the Graham Beck Cap Classique portfolio has wine lovers simply bubbling over with delight.

The Brut Rosé NV embodies all that a traditional and finely crafted MCC should, while exuding an infectious spirit of joie de vivre. Elegant and refined, while simultaneously exuberant and racy, this blushing starlet is as versatile as it is good value.

Unashamedly flirtatious and feminine, the Brut Rosé NV turns heads with its alluring silver-pink hue and playful packaging. This classic blend of 55%Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir combines elegance and complexity with fruity intensity. With its fresh cherry berry flavours, lively acids and exhilarating bubbles this is one tantalizing tingle from luscious start to lingering finish.

“When sipping the new Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV you should encounter lively bubbles that dance around your mouth. These bubbles are neither harsh, nor aggressive; rather they will be pin-prick tiny and burst gently and exhilaratingly on your tongue. It’s a tingle no celebration or sunset should be without!” comments Graham Beck Cellarmaster Pieter Ferreira.

The Brut Rosé NV forms part of the Non Vintage collection. Together with the Vintage Collection and Prestige Collection these three ranges comprise the carefully structured Graham Beck Cap Classique portfolio. This three tiered approach mirrors that of the famous French Champagne Houses – further indication that Graham Beck Wines is infinitely capable of keeping such legendary company.

The current Graham Beck Cap Classique portfolio comprises:
The NV Collection
Graham Beck Brut NV (Non Vintage)
Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV (Non Vintage)
Graham Beck Demi-Sec NV (Non Vintage)
The Vintage Collection
Graham Beck Brut Rosé (Vintage)
Graham Beck Brut Blanc de Blancs (Vintage)
The Prestige Collection
Graham Beck Cuvée Clive (Vintage)


Sauvignon Blanc takes centre stage


This year the limelight undoubtedly belonged to one very special cultivar – our super sexyand seriously scintillating Sauvignon Blanc. Consumer interest in this variety has never been stronger, with Sauvignon Blanc going from ‘flavour of the month’ to unequivocal bestseller. This year the results from South Africa’s top wine competitions have once againunderlined Graham Beck’s status as one of South Africa’s foremost Sauvignon Blanc producers.The Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run 2009 claimed its place in the Top 10 and scored a whopping five stars at the WINE magazine 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Awards. Not to be outdone the Pheasants’ Run 2008 also made the prestigious Top 10 line-up with no less than four and a half stars. This extraordinary wine is also the only Sauvignon Blanc to repeatedly be chosen for the Top 10 since the inception of this competition.

This stellar performance followed closely on the heels of a series of outstanding achievements. At the 2009 Veritas Awards, announced in October this year, the Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008 walked off with a Double Gold Medal, while the 2009 vintage of this wine scored a Gold Medal. Both the Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008 and the Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (the estate’s very popular varietal Sauvignon) bagged Double Gold Medals at the 2009 Michelangelo Wine Awards. At the same time the Pheasants’ Run 2009 scooped a Gold Medal.

Earlier in the year the Pheasants’ Run ’08 sparkled as one of the Top 10 wines at the Bartho Eksteen Sauvignon Blanc Celebration. At the South African National Young Wine Show the Pheasants’ Run has also demonstrated its true colours, having earned the title of SA Champion Sauvignon Blanc three times in four years – proof that even as a fledgling wine it appeared destined for success.

“I believe the consumer wants to drink a Sauvignon Blanc that has the following winning combination: elegance, a rich ripe style, true purity of fruit, great mouth-feel, fresh and lively acidity as well as a sumptuous palate. A tall order, but one which the Pheasants’ Run more than generously fulfills,” comments Graham Beck’s Franschhoek winemaker Erika Obermeyer. The Pheasants’ Run is undeniably Erika’s “baby” and this self-confessed “Sauvignon Blanc fanatic” has nursed this over-achiever every step of the way on its path to success.

“I just can’t help it, but every sip of a great example of Sauvignon Blanc results in a ‘goose bumps’ moment! I love the challenge that this varietal offers. There is absolutely no room for error at any stage of making a great Sauvignon Blanc,” says Erika.