Another Gold for Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2009

Results are just out from the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014

IWSC 2014

Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2009

Producer Name: Graham Beck Wines

Award: Gold

Tasting Category: Bottle Fermented Sparkling – Blanc de Blancs – Districts of Breede River Valley WO – Vintage 2009-2008

Origin of Entry: South Africa

Judges Tasting Notes:

Bright, pale gold. Finest of energetic bead giving firm, long lasting, crown. Bakery aromas mingled with hints of fynbos

and light hint of oak. Big, creamy mousse with bread and doughy flavours backed by fresh lemon and some pear.

Lively flow across the palate yet as smooth as can be. Delightful and refreshing. Lovely and gorgeous to enjoy now yet

will develop in the bottle with interest.



Results of The Chamapagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships

The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships received over 650 entries from 16 different countries in the first year of judging, with 185 wines winning Gold and Silver medals – all listed below in alphabetical order.

World Champion and Best in Class trophy results will be announced in September in World of Fine Wine magazine and FINE Champagne magazine.

Competition Founder, Tom Stevenson, comments: “We are extremely proud of the quality of our Gold and Silver medal winning wines, which are listed below in strict alphabetical order, but it is clear that we did not get the message across to everyone in the first year of our competition. There were certain categories that we did not promote sufficiently, leaving them wide open for entrants to make their mark next year. For more details, see my summary on”

Some of the results:

SUPREME WORLD CHAMPION – Champagne Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Rosé 12%, 9g (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay)


Blue Pyrenees Estate 2010 Midnight Cuvée –  12.5%, 7g (100% Chardonnay)

Bründlmayer 2008 Brut (magnum) –  12.5%, 8.7g (40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Gris, 10% Pinot Blanc, 10% Grüner Veltliner)

Roederer Estate NV Brut Sparkling Wine – 
12%, 12g (60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir)

Graham Beck Wines 2009 Blanc de Blancs – 
12%, 6g (100% Chardonnay)

Gramona 2000 Enoteca Brut Nature – 
12.5%, 2.5g (75% Xarel-lo, 25% Macabeo)

Champagne Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Rosé – 
12%, 9g (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay)

Miguel Torres Chile NV Cordillera Brut – 
12%, 8.6g (100% Pinot Noir)

Digby Fine English 2009 Reserve Brut – 
12%, 8g (65% Chardonnay, 17.5% Pinot Noir, 17.5% Meunier)

Il Mosnel 2008 Rosé Pas Dosé Parosé- 
12.5%, 2.5g (70% Pinot Noir, 30 % Chardonnay)

Ferrari 2007 Perlé –
12.5%, 6g (100% Chardonnay)

Akarua 2010 Vintage Brut – 
13%, 6g (49% Chardonnay, 51% Pinot Noir)

Nino Franco 2013 Valdobbiadene Primo Franco – 
10.5%, 27g (100% Glera)

Ferrari 2007 Perlé – 
12.5%, 6g (100% Chardonnay)

Ferrari 2007 Perlé – 
12.5%, 6g (100% Chardonnay)


Australian Blanc de Blancs – Blue Pyrenees Estate 2010 Midnight Cuvée

Australian Blend – House of Arras NV Brut Elite C601

Australian Non-Dosage – Este 2007 De Bortoli Wines

Australian Rosé – Dominique Portet NV Brut Rosé

Australian Sparkling Red – Grant Burge NV Shiraz Cabernet

Australian Vintage Rosé – House of Arras 2005 Rosé

Austrian Vintage Blend – Bründlmayer 2008 Brut (magnum)

Austrian Vintage Magnum – Bründlmayer 2008 Brut (magnum)

California Blend – Roederer Estate NV Brut Sparkling Wine

California Rosé – Caraccioli Cellars 2006 Brut Rosé

Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs – Graham Beck Wines 2009 Blanc de Blancs

Cava Traditional Varieties – Gramona 2000 Enoteca Brut Nature

Cava Mixed Varieties (Traditional & International) – Freixenet NV Elyssia Gran Cuvée

Cava Rosé – Freixenet 2012 Cuvée de Prestige Trepat

Champagne NV Blend – Champagne Pommery NV Brut Royal (magnum)

Champagne NV Blanc de Blancs – Champagne Ruinart NV Blanc de Blancs

Champagne NV Magnum – Champagne Pommery NV Brut Royal (magnum)

Champagne NV Rosé – Champagne Charles Heidsieck NV Rosé Réserve

Champagne Vintage Blend – Champagne Les Pionniers 2004 Brut

Champagne Vintage Blanc de Blancs – Champagne De Castelnau 2002 Blanc de Blancs

Champagne Vintage Rosé – Champagne Charles Heidsieck 1999 Rosé Millésime

Champagne Deluxe Blend – Champagne Dom Pérignon 1996 Oenothèque

Champagne Deluxe Blanc de Blancs – Champagne Dom Ruinart 2002 Blanc de Blancs

Champagne Deluxe Magnum – Champagne Laurent-Perrier NV Grand Siècle (magnum)

Champagne Deluxe Rosé – Champagne Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Rosé

Chilean Blanc de Noirs – Miguel Torres Chile NV Cordillera Brut

English NV Blanc de Blancs – Wiston Estate NV Blanc de Blancs

English Vintage Blanc de Blancs – Nyetimber 2003 Blanc de Blancs (magnum)

English Vintage Magnum – Nyetimber 2003 Blanc de Blancs (magnum)

English Vintage – Digby Fine English 2009 Réserve Brut

English Vintage Rosé – Hattingley Valley 2011 Rosé

Franciacorta NV Blend – Il Mosnel NV Brut

Franciacorta Non Dosage – Il Mosnel 2008 Rosé Pas Dosé Parosé

Franciacorta Vintage Rosé – Il Mosnel 2008 Rosé Pas Dosé Parosé

Franciacorta Vintage Blend – Ca’ del Bosco 2005 Cuvée Annamaria Clementi (magnum)

Franciacorta Magnum – Ca’ del Bosco 2005 Cuvée Annamaria Clementi (magnum)

New Zealand Blend – Akarua 2010 Vintage Brut

Other Italian – Tenuta Scarpa Colombi NV Roberto Colombi Blanc de Blancs Brut

Prosecco Brut – Bisol NV Crede (magnum)

Prosecco Dry – Nino Franco 2013 Valdobbiadene Primo Franco

Prosecco Extra Dry – Tenuta Ca’ Bolani NV Prosecco

Prosecco Magnum – Bisol NV Crede (magnum)

Southeastern Europe – Aleksandrovic 2009 Trijumf Chardonnay

Trentodoc Vintage Blanc de Blancs – Ferrari 2007 Perlé

Trentodoc Vintage Rosé – Rotari 2010 Alperegis Rosé Millesimato

Judges: Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW & Dr Tony Jordan.
Associate Judge: George Markus.
Competition Steward: Amanda Regan.

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Best South African Rose Cap Classique’s

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2013 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition narrows down Sauvignon Superstars

For immediate release 2013-09-09
2013 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition narrows down Sauvignon Superstars

The 2013 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition, under the auspices of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group (SBIG), is proud to announce the Top 20 contenders in the running to be crowned as South Africa’s most innovative and exciting Sauvignon Blanc wines currently on the market.

Entries were received from far and wide, and a panel of experts spent three days in assessing a record number of 207 entries.

Sauvignon Blanc is South Africa’s most competitive category, and the quality of the wines on display were evident from the start. Panelists Christian Eedes (convenor), Elzette du Preez, Cathy Marston, Carrie Adams and Richard Kershaw MW discussed and deliberated for many hours to come up with a fantastic selection, representing a great diversity of origins and styles, that shows the true potential of this noble grape variety in South African conditions.

The great majority of wines in the Top 20 are from specific wards of origin, with Darling, Stellenbosch, Cape Point, Elgin and Durbanville featuring prominently. New and exciting areas, such as Elandskloof near Villiersdorp entered the Top 20 for the first time, with the unknown region of Langeberg-Garcia managing a position for the second year running. Sauvignon Blanc stalwarts Cape Point Vineyards, Thelema, Graham Beck, Kleine Zalze and Durbanville Hills show consistency, while DGB’s Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme and Boschendal Reserve aim to duplicate their achievement of 2011, when both managed a position in the FNB Top 10.

The Top 20, in alphabetical order
• Alexanderfontein Chip off The Old Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Boschendal Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Cape Point Vineyards Woolworths 2012
• Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2012
• Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Havana Hills Virgin Earth The Pepper Tree Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Hillcrest Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Jordan Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Nederburg Private Bin D234 Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Ormonde Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Phizante Kraal Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Sumaridge Estate Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Thelema Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Vrede en Lust Casey’s Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2012
“The 2013 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition continues to grow from strength to strength and we are proud of all the constants who are part of the top 20. As the most innovative bank globally, we are pleased to celebrate yet another landmark in showcasing South Africa’s most innovative and exciting wine-making talent. FNB is firmly committed to enhancing the competitive edge of South African wine-makers, and broadening the appeal of the industry to all segments of our society. Our association with this competition is also entrenched in the belief that our country has the necessary talent to be able to compete on the global stage,” said Stephan Claassen FNB Provincial head, Western Cape.
According to Pieter de Waal, SBIG secretary and organiser of the competition, this was a year where the judges were spoilt for choice. “Having judged at Concours Mondial du Sauvignon in France this year, as well as the Berliner Wein Trophy in Germany, I have no reservations in saying that this year’s FNB Top 20 are all world-class wines that are able to stand out in an international context.”

The 2013 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 will be announced at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate on Friday, 27 September 2013.
For any other enquiries, please contact Pieter de Waal on 083 357 3864 or
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Graham Beck Wines wins top ten placements in leading South African categories

Cape Town,

31 May 2012 (drinks media wire):

Graham Beck Wines has once again shown that not all that sparkles is Cap Classique; having placed in the annual top ten listings for two of South Africa’s leading varieties, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
At the Classic Chenin Blanc Top Ten for 2012 held in February, the Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2010 was among the wines selected in a category that has risen from the status of a ‘workhorse’ variety to a promising contender as South Africa’s signature wine[1]. The name Bowed Head derives from the shape the body assumes when tending the venerable vines; knees on the ground and head bowed over, in due deference. The vineyard yields tiny quantities of concentrated grapes; this giving rise to a richer, riper style with nuances of pineapple, honeysuckle and cinnamon spice. A natural, fresh acidity promises the longevity of the wine.
Because Chenin Blanc “takes on everything you give it” says winemaker Erika Obermeyer in reference to using oak, larger barrels were used exclusively to add creaminess and palate weight. The elegant austerity and minerality shown in the wine is inspired by the wines of Loire; a particular passion of Erika’s.

In quick succession, another wine made by Erika, Graham Beck The Coffeestone Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, was chosen in the Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report Top Ten 2012. The top mark of five stars awarded to the wine was decided by the judges unanimously, in the inaugural issue of a report that aims to “scrutinize the front-runners” of a variety in which South Africa “can compete with the world’s best”[2].
Cabernet Sauvignon is a favourite of Erika’s among the red varieties; a grape that she sees as a “challenge” in terms of showcasing its true-to-cultivar character and specificity. The Firgrove terroir, the source of The Coffeestone, has Erika’s highest esteem as Cabernet Sauvignon territory.

“The secret of the Firgrove terroir lies in its ancient coffeestone soils; very unique deep, granite gravel on weathering clay,” she says. “The very old bush vine vineyard we use for the Coffeestone wine is located in clear view of False Bay, from Hangklip to Simonstown, and cool breezes ensure a long and slow fruit ripening. Continual breeze controls the vigour of vineyard growth; the net result being small bunches of tiny berries with concentrated fruit, and structured but ripe tannins in the wine.”
Ripe berry fruits and tobacco spice characterise Cabernet Sauvignon produced from this terroir, and these are found in abundance in The Coffeestone. The judges for the Eedes report found “subtle notes of cassis, floral perfume and pencil shavings”; and yet exceptional fruit purity, “fresh acidity, and firm but fine tannins”. “Reigned-in power”, excellent structure and age-worthiness were noted; and the cellaring recommendation was up to 2024.

Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2010 and The Coffeestone Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 are available from the Graham Beck cellar at a price per bottle of R110 and R180 respectively. Orders can be placed with Chantel Matheus; telephone 021 874 1258 or email Specialist retail outlets include Norman Goodfellows, Makro Woodmead, Caroline’s Fine Wine, Wine Concepts on Kloof Street, Cellars Hohenort, Cape Grace, Mount Nelson, and Parklane Cellars in Pietermaritzburg.

– Ends –

Contact: Graham Beck Wines Lisa Keulder Telephone: +27 (0)21 874 1258 Cell: + 27 (0)83 656 7223 Email:
Media contact: Erica Meles Public Relations Erica Liebenberg Telephone: +27 (0)21 852 5648 Cell: +27 (0)73 221 2353 Email:
[1] Classic Wine, February/March 2012, p. 39, ‘The Classic Chenin Blanc Top Ten’. [2]  The Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report Top Ten 2012, pp. 1 -2.

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Jamie Goode’s Top 30 Sparkling Wines

Top 25+ fizzes by Jancis Robinson

As posted by

01 December 2011  by Jancis Robinson,

All of the first quarter of my top 100 wines really sparkle.
These 25+ are listed upwards in price with UK stockists, often Lea and Sandeman because they have a particularly wide range, and this helps to indicate relative pricing. Please note that we have given Lea and Sandeman’s price for single bottles but they offer much keener prices to those prepared to pay for a total of 12 assorted bottles.

Many other merchants without a retail outlet, Vine Trail for instance, insist on orders of at least 12 assorted bottles – and of course the cost of delivery varies from merchant to merchant.

See for more stockists, both in the UK and elsewhere. All wines are 12 or 12.5%.

  • Philippe Michel 2008 Crémant du Jura
  • Dom de la Taille aux Loups, Triple Zéro Pétillant NV Montlouis-sur-Loire
  • Roche Lacour, Brut 2009 Crémant de Limoux
  • Jean-Louis Denois, Méthode Traditionnelle Brut Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Vin Mousseux de Qualité NV France
  • Graham Beck, Brut Pinot Noir/Chardonnay NV Western Cape
  • Waitrose, Brut NV champagne
  • Jansz 2005 Tasmania
  • Benedick, Grand Réserve Brut NV champagne
  • Ridgeview, Bloomsbury Merret Brut 2009 England
  • Barnaut, Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru NV champagne
  • P&C Heidsieck, Les Pionniers 2004 champagne
  • Laurent-Perrier NV champagne
  • Chartogne Taillet NV champagne
  • Agrapart, Les 7 Crus NV champagne
  • Pierre Peters, Cuvée de Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV champagne
  • Larmandier-Bernier, Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Non Dosé Premier Cru NV champagne
  • Tarlant, Brut Nature NV champagne
  • Egly-Ouriet, Tradition Grand Cru NV champagne
  • André Roger, Vielles Vignes NV champagne
  • Gosset, Grand Réserve NV champagne
  • Pol Roger 2000 champagne
  • Vilmart, Cuvée Creation 1999 champagne
  • Bollinger, Grande Année 2002 champagne
  • Dom Pérignon 2002 champagne
  • Krug, Grande Cuvée NV champagne
  • Louis Roederer, Cristal 2004 champagne

The Graham Beck Brut Pinot Noir/Chardonnay NV is the only South African MCC to make it on to this prestigious list.

Please click here to read more about the above listed champagnes and MCC’s on Jancis Robinson’s website.

“A letter from America….”

Greetings all –

Very pleased to share the following impressive results from Robert Parker’s the Wine Advocate most recent August 2011 South African tasting & review …

 The Graham Beck Wines:

Cuvee Clive 2005 – 91 points

The Ridge 2008 – 90 points

Blanc de Blanc 2007 – 90 points

The Joshua 2008 – 89 points

Chardonnay 2009 – 89 points

Brut Rose’ NV – 89 points

Note the following excellent excerpt about Graham Beck Wines from the August article :

“Graham Beck passed away in July 2010 leaving one almighty legacy behind him: a state-of-the-art winery that welcomes thousands of visitors each year, their sparkling Brut chosen by Michele Obama for her husband’s inauguration ceremony as well as Nelson Mandela’s in 1994. But what matters most is that the Graham Beck Winery has a portfolio of wines that offers outstanding value, particular with respect to their sparkling wines and whites. Their cellar master Pieter Ferreira, is responsible for their sparkling wines and he took me through their entire range…”

This is wonderfully high praise from what is arguably the world’s most discerning & challenging wine review publication.

Fantastic job. Thank you to our friends Pieter, Erika, & the whole GBW team !!


Warm Regards,

Chris Nickolopoulos

Founder / President
Maritime Wine Trading Collective ( m.w.t.c.)

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