English Fizz – Update

On the 9th July I will be doing going on a short study tour and tasting of presumably and arguably the Top 10 English Fizz producers in the UK. Through friends I have managed to arrange a detailed visit and route which I am looking forward to – to taste and getting an update. Some four years ago I have been to some of these producers and knowing that so much has changed in the time – it is time to catch up with them.

The producers I will visit and report back on will be:

  • Acre Hill Estate – Richard Morris
  • Exton Park Vineyard – Fred Langdale & Corinne Seely
  • Hattingley Valley – Emma Rice
  • Coates & Seely
  • Nyetimber – Cherie Spriggs
  • Wiston – Dermot Surgue
  • Ridgeview – Simon Roberts
  • Breaky Bottom – Peter Hall
  • Rathfinny Estate – Jonathan Medard
  • Gusbourne – Charlie Holland
  • Hush Heath – Victoria

With two Champagne Houses that has recently invested in some vineyards in the UK, these producers are enjoying the benefit of these investments.

Earlier this year Michelin Star UK chef Roger Jones, arranged over 24 local MCC’s and UK Sparkling Wines to be sampled and scored.  Pieter ‘Bubbles’ Ferreira from Graham Beck led the South African team of judges while Richard Morris of Ancre Hill Estate in Wales led the Wales and UK team. This was held at The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town.

‘Bubbles’ Ferreira took the SA team to victory with 8 of the 11 blind tastings going in SA’s favour and also claimed the overall win on the night for his Graham Beck’s Cuveé Clive. Said Roger Jones about the evening, “It was not ultimately about winning. But the idea behind the evening was more to highlight the enormous steps UK sparkling wine has taken in recent years, as well as put more of an international spotlight on South African MCC”.

I cannot wait to give feedback, once I have been there and to meet up with friends on the other side.







Best South African Rose Cap Classique’s

Best South African Rose Cap Classique’s

Graham Beck Wines and Zambezi Queen weekend


Caroline’s White Wine Review 2013

Annual White Wine Review
We’ll see you at The Table Bay Hotel next Wednesday evening, 30th October 2013. Taste the finest white wines and Cap Classiques produced in South Africa. All the winemakers themselves will be there, to show you their wine personally – and each will bring one wine only. That wine will be the very best in their cellar at present – look out for : Graham Beck’s Brut Zero 2008, AA Badenhorst, Malagas, Quoin Rock, Rall, Cape Point, Ghost Corner, Meerlust, Boekenhoutskloof, La Motte, Nitida – just a few mentioned to whet your appetite.

Venue: The Table Bay Hotel, ballroom
Time: 17h00 onwards, until 21h00
Cost: R150 p/p which includes an uncrested crystal glass and programme
Parking: V&A Parking areas for own account
Tickets: Computicket only – booking open now. A limited umber of tickets will be sold at the door.


The Henry Wine Group and LA Opera share a dedication to producing the finest the world has to offer. As part of The Henry Wine Group’s premium portfolio of wines, Graham Beck Brut Rose has been selected as LA Opera’s sparkling wine for 2013/14 Opera Season.

Graham Beck Wines is located in South Africa, and Graham Beck Wines is an awardwinning supporter of biodiversity, committed to conservation and environmentally responsible agricultural practices.

For more information about The Henry Wine Group’s excellent selection of wines, visit http://www.HenryWineGroup.com.
Graham beck Brut Rose NV is available at:
– L.A. Wine Company
– Beverage Warehouse
– Mission Liquors
– Mission Wine and Spirits
– John and Pete’s
– K & L
and most Whole Foods…






WINE NAME                                                                                                   QUANTITY ON OFFER

AA Badenhorst Family Wines Grenache Gris Vuilgoed 3 2012                       40 x 6 x 750ml

AA Badenhorst Family Wines Siebritskloof Shiraz L.D.R. 2011                      60 x 6 x 750ml

Ataraxia Under The Gavel Chardonnay 2012                                                   40 x 6 x 750ml

Beyerskloof Traildust Pinotage 2011                                                                 40 x 6 x 750ml

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Auction Reserve 2011                                              30 x 6 x 750ml

Boplaas Cape Vintage Auction Reserve 2009                                                   30 x 6 x 750ml

Boplaas Ox Wagon 1880 Auction Reserve Potstill Brandy                              24 x 6 x 750ml

Boschkloof Auction Reserve Syrah 2011                                                            40 x 6 x 750ml

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Domaine Chardonnay 2012               80 x 6 x 750ml

Bruce Jack Happy Hour 2009                                                                               60 x 6 x 750ml

Cape Point Vineyards Auction Reserve White 2012                                        44 x 6 x 750ml

Cederberg Teen Die Hoog Shiraz 2011                                                              60 x 6 x 750ml

De Grendel Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2011                                                          44 x 6 x 750ml

De Grendel Wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2013                                                     44 x 6 x 750ml

Edgebaston Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011                                              50 x 6 x 750ml

Ernie Els CWG 2011                                                                                              70 x 6 x 750ml

Etienne le Riche Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010                       80 x 6 x 750ml

Graham Beck Wines Non Plus Ultra Cap Classique 2008                             40 x 6 x 750ml

Graham Beck Wines The Catalyst 2010                                                           50 x 6 x 750ml

Grangehurst Auction Reserve 2007                                                                 70 x 6 x 750ml

Groot Constantia Auction Reserve Shiraz 2010                                             40 x 6 x 750ml

Hartenberg Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010                              80 x 6 x 750ml

Hartenberg Auction Reserve Shiraz 2010                                                       80 x 6 x 750ml

Haskell Vineyards Merlot 2010                                                                        70 x 6 x 750ml

Haskell Vineyards Paradigm 2008                                                                   70 x 6 x 750ml

Hermanuspietersfontein Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc 2012                     70 x 6 x 750ml

John Loubser Thirteen 2011                                                                            42 x 6 x 750ml

Jordan Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2012                                                   80 x 6 x 750ml

Jordan Sophia 2010                                                                                          80 x 6 x 750ml

Kaapzicht Cape Blend 2010                                                                            60 x 6 x 750ml

Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2010                                                                  60 x 6 x 750ml

Kleine Zalze 3 Expressions 2010                                                                   80 x 6 x 750ml

Lanner Hill Double Barrel White 2012                                                         60 x 6 x 750ml

Luddite “Just Alice” Shiraz Mourvèdre 2010                                            100 x 6 x 750ml

Miles Mossop Wines Maximilian 2011                                                        60 x 6 x 750ml

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve 2011                                                                   60 x 6 x 750ml

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve Pinotage 2011                                                  40 x 6 x 750ml

Nitida Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Twenty Eight 2013                                   40 x 6 x 750ml

Paul Cluver CWG Pinot Noir 2011                                                              40 x 6 x 750ml

Paul Cluver Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2012                                             40 x 6 x 750ml

Rijk’s CWG Chenin Blanc 2012                                                                   44 x 6 x 750ml

Rijk’s CWG Shiraz 2011                                                                               38 x 6 x 750ml

Rust en Vrede CWG Estate 2010                                                                40 x 6 x 750ml

Saronsberg CWG Viognier 2011                                                                26 x 6 x 750ml

Saronsberg Die Erf Shiraz 2011                                                                 42 x 6 x 750ml

Sijnn Syrah 2011 (1.5 Litre bottles)                                                           12 x 3 x 1.5L

Sijnn Syrah 2011 (750ml bottles)                                                               66 x 6 x 750ml

Simonsig “The Russety One” Roussanne 2012                                        32 x 6 x 750ml

Simonsig Heirloom Shiraz 2011                                                                 70 x 6 x 750ml

Spier Auction Reserve Frans K Smit 2010                                                72 x 6 x 750ml

Teddy Hall Eva (Krotoa) Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2012          40 x 6 x 375ml

Teddy Hall Maria van Swaanswijk Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2012 60 x 6 x 750ml

The Drift We’re Here 2011                                                                            60 x 6 x 750ml

Tokara Tribute 2012                                                                                       60 x 6 x 750ml

Villiera Meteor Cap Classique 2008                                                             40 x 6 x 750ml

Vriesenhof Cabernet Sauvignon 2007                                                        100 x 3 x 1.5L

Vriesenhof Pinot Noir Bin 115 2008                                                            74 x 6 x 750ml

Waterford Estate 2009 Auction Reserve 2BB                                             50 x 6 x 750ml

Waterford Estate Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2011                              30 x 6 x 750ml

The 2013 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction is open to the public and will take place on

Saturday 5 October 2013

at Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch

For further enquiries, to bid on the auction, or to attend a pre-Auction tasting, please contact

Kate Jonker at the Cape Winemakers Guild Office on +27 (0)21  852 0408 or info@capewinemakersguild.com

Telephonic, online and proxy bidding options are also available for those unable to attend.

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

Media Release


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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