Graham Beck - Brut Zero 2011

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Tasting Notes

Brut Zero represents the ultimate transparency in premium Methode Cap Classique. This extra special cuvee was created without the use of dosage. With no added sugar, what remains is a sparkling wine in its purist form; unadorned and natural. This style of wine can only be made in truly exceptional vintages.

VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay

VINTAGE: 2011

AREA OF ORIGIN: Robertson, Western Cape, South Africa

VINEYARD: The Chardonnay vineyards used for this wine has its roots in the limestone-rich, calcareous solid in Robertson. Vineyards used for this special cuvee were planted between 1998 and 2002, with the youngest vines specially selected Champagne clones.

HARVEST DETAILS & VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested at 19.5 - 20 degrees during the 3rd week of January 2011 in the early morning while the grapes are still cool after the night's dramatic drop in temperature.

CELLAR: Produced in the Methode Cap Classique cellar, Robertson.

CELLAR TREATMENT: The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and only the highest quality juice was selected and settled overnight before fermentation in stainless steel tanks with termperature regulations. A small portion of the juice was fermented in specific Piece Champenoise (205L) oak barrels. The fermented portions were selected for minerality, elegance and finesse. A secondary bottle fermentation followed, and the wine remained on the lees for 60 months before disgorgement.

TASTING NOTES: Elegant, fresh and lively, this wine is a study in rich minerality. Fresch green apples and hints of brioche, citrus and barely perceptible iris develop on the mid-palatte as sthe wine is left to stand. Virtually sugar free, the natural salt affinity of this zero-dosage wine makes it the ideal partner to crustacean dishes and sushi.

ANALYSIS:

Residual Sugar 2.5 g/l (+/- 0.5 g/l)

Alcohol: 12.86% vol (+/- 0.2% vol)

Total Acid: 6.57 g/l (+/- 0.25 g/l)

pH: 3.27 (+/- 0.05)