Select Wines Estate Partners: GRAHAM BECK
Graham Beck's Robertson estate, Madeba, is situated in the breathtaking Breede River Valley bordering the semi-arid Little Karoo region. The farm is located on the famous Route 62, a meandering country road which takes visitors on an unforgettable tour of the region's plentiful attractions. At the Robertson Cellar focus is on minimal intervention, allowing instead the authentic essence of the fruit and terroir to shine through in the final wine.
Here at Madeba an extensive vine renewal programme has yielded outstanding results with both red and white varietals. Great care is taken to match the unique micro-climates and diverse soil types to the most suitable varietals. The unique dry, cool climate of the Robertson region combined with the rich limestone soils produce wines with universal appeal and star quality. The state-of-the-art Cap Classique cellar delivers Methode Champenoise style wines worthy of their reputation as amongst the best in the world.
Situated 10 km from the charming town of Robertson and only 140 km from Cape Town, the Graham Beck Robertson Cellar is a testimony to the inspired vision and foresight of the Beck family. With its distinctive hues of peach, green and purple, this unique cellar blends effortlessly into the surrounding Klein Karoo veld, reflecting the beauty of the indigenous fynbos, soils and rocky outcrops of this stark yet spectacular environment.
In itself a striking and innovative design, this cellar is responsible for producing distinctive and world class Cap Classique and still wines. The cellar is divided into three sections. Cellar 1 is dedicated to sparkling wine production, barrel maturation and wine tasting. Cellar 2 is where the grapes are received after harvest and also houses the fermentation and maturation tanks, while Cellar 3 is reserved for bottling, storage and container loading. Guided by cellarmaster, Pieter "Bubbles" Ferreira, the team adheres to their winemaking mantra: "quality is not a destination, it is a journey". Their mission: the eternal pursuit of the perfect bubble!
Recent developments include the addition of a restructured offloading system, which will streamline the harvesting process significantly. In the vineyards the team is doing a test run of an experimental trellising system, which could enhance fruit quality, while new plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir promise great things for the bubblies of tomorrow. "Our aim is to craft Cap Classiques of supreme quality, able to stand their own against the best Champagnes and sparkling wines of the world", explains winemaker Pierre de Klerk.