A right royal love affair – global glitterati go gaga for Graham Beck bubbles

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For immediate release                                                                                18 June 2013

A right royal love affair – global glitterati go gaga for Graham Beck bubbles

The next time you’re raising a glass of Graham Beck Cap Classique be assured you’re in good company! It remains the bubbly of choice for global icons celebrating admirable achievements and memorable milestones. Most recently the Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2008 was served as part of the lavish wedding banquet of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, proving yet again that this is indeed the fizz with five-star flair.

From Madiba magic to Obama mania – Graham Beck Brut has been selected to toast some of history’s most defining moments. In 1994 it was chosen as the celebratory drink at the inauguration of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. Following in Tata’s hallowed footsteps, In August 2008, Barack Obama was declared nominee of the Democratic Party for the presidential election. His wife, Michelle, selected Graham Beck Brut NV to celebrate his nomination at a private function at their Chicago home on the eve of his nomination.

Not only the sip of choice for statesmen, Graham Beck also finds favour with one of the world’s leading super-spies. In the latest James Bond bestseller, author Jeffery Deaver has the dashing daredevil forgo his famous martini for a glass of Cuveé Clive, the estate’s flagship bubbly. From international men of mystery to the UK’s First Family – once again Graham Beck stole the limelight when Britain’s Prince Harry and his guests also enjoyed Graham Beck Brut at a recent fund raising Gala Dinner in Johannesburg to toast the success of the Prince’s Sentebale charity initiative.

Nobody can resist a royal wedding and the world was treated once again to a fairytale ceremony when Sweden’s Princess Madeleine married her prince charming on the 8th of June 2013. For the sumptuous wedding feast King Carl Gustav himself selected none other than the Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2008 to accompany the delicious gourmet delicacies. This latest feather in the cap for the passionate winemaking team at Graham Beck proves yet again that these internationally renowned bubblies are indisputably on par with the iconic French Champagne houses.

The Blanc de Blancs forms part of the exclusive range of expertly crafted Graham Beck MCC’s – superior quality sparkling wines produced in the age-old tradition, utilizing cutting edge techniques which result in wines with supreme finesse, consummate elegance and infinite appeal.

Produced from 100% Chardonnay, this delicious and versatile bubbly combines rich creamy aromas with hints of fresh lime on the nose. On the palate you can expect an exhilarating yet fine mousse with an explosion of juicy tangerines. Great brioche and yeast complexity broadens the palate leading to a long, elegant finish.

The fruit for this wine was hand selected from the limestone vineyards on Graham Beck’s Robertson estate. These vines benefit from the high natural lime content in the soil, which ensures a low pH and high natural acidity in the young base wines. Once in the state-of-the-art Méthode Cap Classique cellar whole bunch pressing ensures an even finer bubble.

Only the cuvée juice (premium quality juice) is selected for fermentation. Of the cuvée, 50% is fermented in specific Piece Champenoise 205 litre barrels to ensure richness and an extra dimension of flavour and creaminess. After fermentation the wine in barrel is selectively blended with other parcels of the very best stainless steel fermented Chardonnay. The final blended base wine is then bottled for the second fermentation with yeast contact of at least 36 months before degorgement. The Blanc de Blancs remains an undisputed favourite, a darling amongst the legion of Graham Beck bubbly fans and testimony to the outstanding Cap Classique terroir characteristics of the Robertson estate.

So, it appears then that princes, princesses and presidents all agree that Graham Beck MCC is indeed the bubbly to beat when it comes to toasting the good life and commemorating life’s most cherished highlights.

For more information on the Blanc de Blancs, or any of the other award winning Cap Classiques in the Graham Beck MCC portfolio, contact the Robertson estate on 023 626 1214 or the Franschhoek office on 021 874 1258, email market@grahambeckwines.co.za or visit www.grahambeckwines.com

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Global royals, glitterati & media go for Graham Beck bubbles!

There has been a flurry of some really great publicity recently about our Graham Beck MCC`s

Firstly, Sweden’s Princess Madeleine married her prince charming on the 8th of June 2013. For the sumptuous wedding feast King Carl Gustav himself selected none other than the Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2008 to accompany the delicious gourmet delicacies. Here are some links about this momentous occasion:

http://www.livetsgoda.se/artikel/artikel.asp?meny=Hem&kat=0&ArtikelId=4788 and also


Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama had lunch with Bono in Dublin at his favourite pub Finnegans, where the menu featured local seafood, rack of lamb and traditional Irish fare like corned beef and cabbage….AND Graham Beck Brut NV!


We’re extremely PROUD of the good company we keep!

And then, in the June issue of British Airways’ High Life magazine, Michael Fridjohn (arguably SA’s top wine fundi), recommends the Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2008 and comments as follows:

“Consistently one of SA’s best producers of Champagne method sparkling wines, Pieter Ferreira has a real classic in this elegantly framed zesty yet creamy, faintly toasty top flight bubbly.”



The Cap Classique Association 4th Technical Seminar

The Cap Classique Association 4th Technical Seminar
28 May 2013  by The Cap Classique Association
THE CAP CLASSIQUE ASSOCIATION is proud to announce the program for the 4th Technical Seminar Day brought to you by SA Litho, which will be held on Tuesday 23th July 2013 at Joostenberg Conference Center, Stellenbosch.
To avoid any disappointment please book soon as the tickets are limited. This year promises to be even better with more variant topics. Hope to see you there!
Cost to attend: Members of the Cap Classique Association – R 150 per person (max. 3 tickets per member winery) Non Members and any other interested persons – R 350 per person. Further information please contact: Pieter Ferreira – pieter@grahambeckwines.co.za Mobile +27.829029817 Cap Classique Association – Elsabe Ferreira – info@capclassique.co.za Telephone +27.218631599
The program is as follows:

08h00 to 08h50 –Registration 09h00 to 09h15 – Welcome by Chairman, Pieter Ferreira& Update on Cap Classique.
09h15 to 10h45 – Session I

  • Latest information and trends on bottle fermentation – Presented by Morne Kemp from Laffort SA.
  • Novel applications of biotechnology in MCC production – Presented by Cornea Cilliers – Thales Wine Services.
  • The technical aspects of champagne foils, the innovations and the various decorating options – Presented by Intercap & African Cellar Services.
  • The effect of CO2 on flavours in bubbly – Presented by Nicolas Follet – Oenosense

10h45 to 11h15 – Tea Break 11h15 to 13h00 – Session II

  • Gushing – the “shameful disease”…. mostly at the disgorging step – Latest research – Presented by Alain Bourgeois – IOC.
  • Update on the Winetech Research “Effect of time on the lees to the quality of MCC” – Presented by Dr Neil Jolly – ARC Infruitec.
  • Autolysis and repercussions on sensorial analysis of bottle fermented sparkling wines & followed by a tasting of his research – Presented by Jaume Gramona, Lecturer, Faculty of Oenology, Universitat Rovira I, Spain.
  • The options with labels – Paper coating, wet strength, adhesive options and printing techniques – Presented by Thomas Veenstra – SA Litho.

13h00 to 14h15 – Lunch Break 14h30 to 16h30 – Session III

  • Marketing trends and innovation and how to create consumer engagement when buying bubbly and much more… – Presented by Jonathan Cherry – Cherryflava.
  • Presentation & Tutored Tasting on two new Grower Champagnes in South Africa – Champagne Serge Mathieu and Champagne Rene Geoffroy – Presented by Brett Chrystal – Epicurious.

Graham Beck Wines Activities during Wacky Wine Weekend

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Some great shows awaits you on Friday and Saturday evening en there are many different treats that will be on sale:


Beans about coffee:

 Americano – 250ml R15 / 350ml R20

  • Cappuccino – 250ml R15 / 350ml R20
  • Latte – 350ml R20
  • Hot Chocolate – 350ml R25


Oyster & Bubbly Bar:

  • Single Oyster – R 15.00
  • 6 Oysters  – R 75.00
  • 12 Oysters – R 120.00
  • 6 Oysters & a glass of bubbly  – R 100.00
  • 12 Oyster & 2 glasses og bubbly – R 220.00


Burgerlicious :

Lightly spiced Blesbok burger, toasted milk bun, onion marmalade

Smoked Paprika chips



Sticky smoked pork belly wrap, sweet chilli dressing


Pot Pies?

Lamb shank Rogan Josh in a creme fraiche pastry pie



Cheese selection

Cold meats

Potted duck liver parfait

Freshly baked breads

Marinated olives




We hope to see you there on one of the days during the Wacky Wine Weekend & Graham Beck Wines in ROBERTSON!!!






Original post by John & Lynne Ford of Main Ingredient


This is the logo for Graham Beck’s newly launched range of wines, The Game Reserve. The media lunch was held today, appropriately at The Camps Bay Retreat and Nature Reserve in the Glen in Camps Bay, a magnificent old house now part of the Village and Life Group, built in 1908 overlooking the bay, the crashing waves and its magnificent gardens. We sat at long tables underneath the pergola and listened intently to Mossie Basson, formerly of the Department of Conservation, and now Graham Beck Wines’ conservation manager; and award winning Cellarmaster, Erika Obermeyer tell us about the Graham Beck Nature Reserve and the range of wines they are launching to support the reserve. Each of the 9 wines: 4 whites, one rosé and 4 reds, represents the precious animals on the Reserve. Graham Beck Wines is the only wine brand in the world associated with a private nature reserve that can demonstrate measurable actions taken to conserve the natural environment, something so necessary in our world.

The Graham Beck property, Madeba in Robertson, is situated in the heart of the Succulent Karoo Ecosystem in the Breede River Valley, an area extremely rich in plant and geological diversity. Of the 1,500 species of vegetation in the area, 115 are endemic and, of these, 77% are succulents. Only 2.4% of the region is formally conserved. Graham Beck Wines is proud to be one of the earliest pioneers in the initiative to conserve the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The winery was appointed the second BWI (Biodiversity and Wine Initiative) Biodiversity Champion and is currently still one of around only 28 wineries in South Africa that can lay claim to this prestigious status.

Bordering Madeba is the Graham Beck Private Nature Reserve, an area that extends to the eastern slopes of the Rooiberg. The reserve was set aside in the 1990s shortly after the Becks purchased the farm, in the hope of reversing the devastating effects of 200 years of over-utilization of the natural resources. They have even discovered a new mop head vygie (mesembrianthemum) now named Esterhuysenia grahambeckii and this now is on the Rosé label. Each animal or plant depicted on the label is endemic to the region and nature reserve on the property.

In July 2007, 27 neighbouring landholders pledged to join the conservation effort. The Rooiberg Breede River Conservancy was born, and remains a strong focus of the efforts, comprising no fewer than 13,500 hectares of natural vegetation. For every 1 hectare of land utilized for producing wine or stud horse farming on the Graham Beck Estate at Robertson, 4,5 hectares of land are conserved today.

The list of wines we tasted and Fauna and Flora depicted on the labels are:

•        The Game Reserve Chenin Blanc – The Riverine Rabbit

•        The Game Reserve Sauvignon Blanc – The Fish Eagle

•        The Game Reserve Chardonnay – The Cape Eagle Owl

•        The Game Reserve Viognier – The Honey Badger

•        The Game Reserve Rosé – Esterhuysenia grahambeckii

•        The Game Reserve Pinotage – The Bat Eared Fox

•        The Game Reserve Merlot – The Cape Clawless Otter

•        The Game Reserve Shiraz – The Eland

•        The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – The Cape Leopard

The white wines retail for around R60 per bottle and the reds for around R85

We particularly liked the Honey Badger 2010 Viognier, full of white peaches and honey but crisp and dry and elegant with a long finish.  Also the spicy and fruity Eland Shiraz, full of perfume and ripe red berries. This over-delivers with white pepper, cranberries, raspberries and is made in quite a serious style with 18 month in 1st to 3rd fill barrels: 80% French, 20% American. But all the wines are good and well worth drinking. Some, like the white wines and the rosé are easy drinking and ready now. Others like the Merlot and the Cabernet may need some time and could be put down in your cellar for a year or two.

Canapés were served on the lawn before lunch, while we drank glasses of Graham Beck Blanc de Blanc and then we sat down to a very nice lunch, the best course being a rack of pink lamb which was the most tender and flavourful lamb we think we have ever had.  After coffee we wandered around the house and gardens and got a feel for its history.

Basics on Cap Classique

Cap Classique is the synonym for the exact same process for bottle fermented sparkling wine in South Africa. The words Methode Cap Classique describes that the wine was fermented for a second time in the bottle. The name Cap Classique of the acronym MCC can also be used. The name and Association was established in 1992 in South Africa with 14 members, long before the ruling was made in 1995 to protect the words Methode Champenoise.

The very first Cap Classique was produced by Simonsig in 1971 and in the mid 80’s saw the movement gain momentum and today there are approximately 130 producers producing Cap Classique. Currently the Association represents 82 active producers and it remains our ambition to get buy-in from all the other producers not members to give the Association a strong platform and having an opportunity to lobby any matters regarding MCC with the wine industry.

Current members represent 20 different geographical areas of the Western Cape. Any legal registered grape varieties are currently permitted (both white and red) for Cap Classique style wines in South Africa. This is done with the respect to Champagne and also to give a new world feel to members to develop blends uniquely South African.

Legal requirements: Minimum 3 Bars of pressure in the bottle, Currently minimum of 9 months on the lees. WE have support from the industry to make the minimum time on the lees 12 months and we believe that this will be written into legislation by 2014. Approximate +- 7 million bottles of Cap Classique is produced annually.

The Associations hold an annual base wine tasting to promote the quality of base wines going to bottle. Constructive criticism are shared at this annual workshop. We strive to have a technical seminar once a year. We also hold local generic bubbly festivals in key centers to promote the category to the consumer.


For more information please visit http://www.capclassique.co.za or simply leave a comment, here!

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