If you have not heard, there are some huge changes in store for Graham Beck! One of South Africa’s most love estates, and world famous wine producers has announced that they are going to stop producing still wines! The estate is going to focus solely on producing MCC’s and sparkling wine. Already famous for their bubbled classics, the estate has already started driving revenue into the development of this solid brand and intend on making it a world-renowned name of the bubbly favourite.
The estate which is based just outside of the beautiful town of Roberston is perfectly situated to produce a great MCC. With the perfect cool climate, together with the limestone soils, the estate has been producing some of the finest MCC to come out of South Africa. Their still wines have also been very well received over the years and will be a rare sight on South African dinner tables in future! So what will be dropped from the line? Up until now, the estate has been producing two still wine ranges, the Ad Honorum and the Gorgeous. Ad Honorum features several different wines in this series including a blend which is the pioneer of the range and takes its name from it. A Syrah, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and a Muscato makes up the rest of the range. The Ad Honorum is the perfect blend of a Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and in a few years, will be an absolute treat to bring out at the dinner table.
The MCC portfolio consists of three ranges: the Non Vintage Collection (Brut Non Vintage, Brut Rosé Non Vintage and Bliss Demi Sec Non Vintage), the Vintage Collection (Blanc de Blancs, Brut Rosé and Brut Zero) and the Prestige Collection (Cuvée Clive). These ranges will, over the upcoming years be developed and perfected to ensure that they establish themselves in the world arena of bubbly.
The estate insists on a minimal intervention approach and lives by a motto of passion and quality. Winemaker, Pierre de Klerk has been quoted as saying “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.” The estate believes in allowing the fruit to speak for itself in the wine and the absolute pride and passion comes through in the production of the wine, a living testament to the late and legendary Graham Beck. Graham Beck, the founder and creator of the estate bought the farm in 1983 and over the years made it his mission to see his vision of world-class production being achieved on his farm. After his sad passing in 2010, the team of winemakers saw it their duty to carry on with this vision and have together, worked endlessly to see it happen.
The team is made up of Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, well loved female South African winemaker, Erika Obermey and Pierre de Klerk. This dynamic team has driven the brand to where it is today and are together investing in Graham Becks b
right future. The estate is pulling out no stops for the bubble transformation and word is that when tasting specific MCC bottles at the tasting room, you will not be
drinking out of normal flutes, you will rather be drinking out of the Riedel Veritas glasses, priced at R500 a glass.
Make sure you don’t miss out on owning a part of the Graham Beck history and make sure you get some of the last of the still wines that they have produced today!