Graham Beck Wines Harvest 2012 – News II

What a week of harvesting. Frantic to put in mildly but certainly productive and rewarding as we manage to catch up on our progress after last week’s heat wave! More than ever, we believe in 2012 will be a great year for the quality of our base wines which proudly make our finest range of Cap Classique’s. See below our intake up to day 12 op picking:

So up to now we have harvested 850 tons of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and equates to approximately 62 000 cases of MCC. The weather was much kinder this week so you can see in the graph that our harvesting team can pick quicker by day. It was a big Chardoonay week and now it is Pinot Noir’s turn. Quality looks good but the heat wave have had its toll as some of the acidity has started to drop. So it just means that we pick up the pace just a little more.

This is a block of Pinot Noir that came in on Friday. It is Pinot Noir. Great canopy and all grapes are in the shade during the ripening process. We are lucky that most of our grapes are 10 minutes away from process which makes it ideal for the process of whole bunch handling. If you see the results that Pinot Noir has no real colour at pressing. We are however challenged when it is extremely warm by day as temperature has an effect on the colour extraction. So far so good. It makes us happy to see these fractions. Quality!

The first of the Chardonnay Clones, ideal for our Blanc de Blancs was ready to go to barrel and below you will see our Champenoise friend, Julie (no she is not in Norway – the cellar is just cold) – filling the Piece Champenoise barrels with Chardonnay for the fermentation in barrel. In the other picture, by the way – I think it is a cool pic – is the fermentation looking down the bunghole, you can see the Chardonnay juice happily fermenting away!

The changes made to the grape receival area has made a huge difference in efficiencies and the flow is better. It is amazing with an upgrade such as this – we already have more ideas for next year’s harvest to improve once again! “Quality is not a destination but a continuous journey!”

Considering the pace of the harvest, I am so proud of the “Dream Team” in the cellar just sticking to their passion and focus and what we need to do.

Then there is also some time to enjoy the beautiful sunsets at this time of the year that reminds us it is only half the day gone! More harvest news soon!!!


Graham Beck Wines Harvest 2012 – News I

This is the first bit of news from the ‘dream team’ in Robertson. Most of you know by now that harvest 2012 started on Thursday 12th January. It is approximately a week later than last year. Very challenging weather that we have experience since we have started – but we do love challenges! More than ever, we believe in 2012 will be a great year for the quality of our base wines which proudly make our finest range of Cap Classique’s.

This year we have two young aspirant winemakers in the making: Carel van der Merwe from Elsenburg and Jaco van der Watt, previous harvest at Cederberg and we are very fortunate to have Julie Breuzon all the way from Champagne – “Our secret weapon” (left in picture). She currently works for Champagne Piaff. Julie will be here only for the base wine harvesting and then goes back to Champagne. Carel and Jaco will see the harvest through with us!

Then as always we need extra cellar hands and see the return for some of our regulars and some new faces. Our four cellar hands this year are: Adriaan Erasmus, Grenville Kuhn, Lionel Siljeur and Narschel Baadjies.

Later this month we will host two Burgundy Exchange students – looking forward receiving them. Hopefully later in the year we can send some of our cellar members to France on the exchange program.
We wish all of the newcomers a happy stay and a good harvest. Remember you are art of the “Dream Team”

We had our colourful Harvest Parade on Wednesday 18th January and were very fortunate to have Mrs Rhona Beck here for the Parade. As it is our 21st year in Robertson her presence made it extra special for all of us. In the procession we had some of our local community members partaking. Mrs Rhona Beck thanked everyone involved and wished all the workers a great harvest and thanked them for their loyalty and hard work. As usual Pieter Fouche blessed the first load and handed it over to the cellar team.

This year sees the changes to the grape receival area which promisses to make the harvest quicker. Many thanks to Louis Jordaan for driving this projest. Benna Smal is already impressed about the ease of flow in this area!

The 2010 Klein Optenhorst Brut Rosé Cap Classique

Dear Friends, Garden Lovers and Wine Enthusiasts

The 2010 Klein Optenhorst Brut Rosé Cap Classique is finally labelled and ready for sale.
For those who have visited Klein Optenhorst, the sparkling wineis made from the 0.25ha Pinot Noir vineyard situated on either side of the driveway. The vines were planted by Naas and Jenny in 1990 and the 2010 vintage was such that we were able to make just 988 bottles.
The wine is made by sparkling wine genius Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira at the Graham Beck cellar in Robertson. It is available at R150 per bottle including VAT. Delivery can be arranged.

Please order via return email.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards
Jenny, Naas and Jane

T) 083 324 6855
F) 086 537 1760

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Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) wine courses – now in SA

Internationally-recognised wine courses now available in South Africa! The UK-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) wine courses – the only internationally-recognised wine courses in the world – are now available for the first time in South Africa.

These highly-regarded wine courses are seen as the industry standard in more than 55 countries around the world. If you or any of your staff are engaging with any overseas wine companies in any way, then the chances are that your customers or business associates will already hold WSET qualifications – something which can help form an instant bond and rapport between you and your staff.

The courses are rigorously taught, monitored and assessed and you can be certain that anyone achieving a WSET qualification will be able to add value to your business in many different ways. At the moment, two levels are being offered in South Africa.

Level 2 – behind the label. This course covers the major grape varieties and where they are grown around the world. Students are taught how to taste wine professionally using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting. This is a great course for any wine-lover, both for those working in the wine industry and for enthusiastic amateurs, and provides a sound basis of wine knowledge enabling successful candidates to interact usefully and profitably with overseas wine contacts. Course attendees will taste over 40 wines on the course, the majority of them from overseas.

Level 3 – exploring wines and spirits This course provides a more comprehensive coverage of the wide range of wines and spirits around the world. It is aimed at staff operating at a managerial or supervisory level and it is essential that anyone attempting this course have either WSET Level 2 or an equivalent level of knowledge in order to achieve success in this highly professional qualification. This qualification enables successful candidates to use the WSET logo on business cards, stationery etc and provides a thorough and rigorous depth of knowledge. Course attendees will taste at least 80 wines, approximately 95% of them from overseas and I am delighted to confirm that both Cathy van Zyl MW and Richard Kershaw MW will be lecturing on this course.

All the details of the first courses are linked above but if you have any more questions or requests, please let me know. I look forward to helping you develop and uplift your staff and grow your business opportunities and strengths with WSET. And I hope that harvest is going well for you all!

For more detail contact:

Cathy Marston


t: +27 (72) 390 9166 | f: +27 (86) 538 3112


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Riesling Rocks at Hartenberg Estate!

Riesling Rocks

Hartenberg Estate

11 February 2012


Join South Africa’s Top Riesling Producers For A Day Of Rocking Rieslings And Fine Food

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R120 Per Person.

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Hartenberg Estate, Thelema Mountain Vineyards, Klein Constantia

Paul Cluver Estate, Jordan Wine Estate, De Wetshof Estate,

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