Graham Beck - Cuvée Clive 2009

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Tasting Notes

Graham Beck's most prestigious and exclusive Cap Classique yet, the Cuvee Clive is testimony to the estate's reputation as a world class producer of Methode Champenoise style wines and a culmination of meticulous planning, unbridled passion and the pursuit of the perfect bubble.

VARIETY: 80% Chardonnay & 20% Pinot Noir


AREA OF ORIGIN: Robertson & Stellenbosch, South Africa

INEYARD: Chardonnay selected from the newly planted clone 548 and 277 on the rich limestone vineyards in Robertson, producing 8 tons/ha. Pinot Noir clone PN3 planted on Table Mountain Sandstone in Firgrove, producing 7 tons/ha.

HARVEST DETAILS & VINIFICATION: Both varietals are hand picked; Chardonnay at 19.5 degrees for fruit and elegance. Pinot Noir at 20 degrees for complexity and length of flavour.

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

CELLAR TREATMENT: Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are whole-bunch pressed, separately. Only the highest quality juice was settled over-night and then fermented in stainless steel at 160C, with a small portion of Chardonnay fermented in specific Piece Champenoise (205 L) oak barrels. After fermentation the portions were selected to show the minerality, elegance and finesse. It was then bottled for the secondary bottle fermentation with a minmum of 60 months yeast contact before disgorgement.

TASTING NOTES: An exceptionally complex, yet subtle MCC - approachable and round with the potential to age, remarkably versatile with food. It has undoubtedly achieved all the fundamental prerequesites that a prestige cuvee should have.


Residual Sugar 3.2 g/l (+/- 0.5 g/l)

Alcohol: 12.2% by vol (+/- 0.2% vol)

Total Acid: 5.85 g/l (+/- 0.25 g/l)

pH: 3.37 (+/- 0.05)