Blanc de Blancs (meaning “white of whites”) is argued by some – Pongrácz included – as the most elegant style for Champagne and Méthode Cap Classique. With its beautiful finesse, crisp acidity and racy minerality it’s a joy to sip and very well suited to pairing with food.
Pongrácz, one of South Africa’s finest brands dedicated to producing Méthode Cap Classique, has now launched a 100% Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs to complement its range made in the traditional French method of allowing secondary fermentation to take place in the bottle.
Pongrácz is inspired by a nobleman and refugee from the Hungarian uprising, Desiderius Pongrácz, whose vision revitalised viticulture in the Cape. He quite literally wrote the book on viticulture and was the author of a number of books and produced numerous scientific publications. He was a genius for seeing the new in the familiar, finding the unexpected in the traditional and his theories were fresh and provocative – not only on vines and wine, but also music, history and mankind. Pongrácz was witty and brilliant and his inspiration extended across classical music, anthropology and Dachshunds.
The newest addition to the Pongrácz range is lively and beautifully dedicated to purity of fruit. Vineyards cooled by maritime breezes ensure aromatic, fresh citrus fruit and a racy acidity; which cellar practices like whole bunch pressing and only restrained use of oak then did well to retain. Only a very small portion of the wine was barrel fermented, adding a subtle toasty complexity and weighted mid-palate to contrast the vibrant acidity. An alluring creaminess was achieved with four months of maturation on the fine lees, as well as a further 36 months on the lees following the slow secondary fermentation. A clean and focussed mineral-driven finish makes this the perfect pairing partner for all those foods we love to enjoy in summer: shellfish, white fish, the occasional creamy sauces and simple celebratory sipping on its own.
Today the range of now four Pongrácz Méthode Cap Classiques pays tribute to the innovation, sheer genius and life’s work of Desiderius Pongrácz.
With a limited production, the Blanc de Blancs is an online exclusive to Cybercellar and Vinoteque. Happy sipping!
Read more about the brand on Pongrácz.co.za.