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Cuvee Clive

Graham Beck, Cuvee Clive 2012

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Their most prestigious and exclusive Cap Classique yet, the Cuvée Clive is testimony to their reputation as a world class producer of Methôde Champenoise style wines and a culmination of meticulous planning, unbridled passion and the pursuit of the perfect bubble.

This Cuvée is produced only in vintages of exceptional qualities from the two classic varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The fruit for the Chardonnay is from their rich limestone vineyards on their estate in Robertson and the Pinot Noir is from Stellenbosch. Both varietals were hand-picked with the Chardonnay contributing fruit and elegance and the Pinot Noir complexity and length of flavour. In the cellar both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were whole bunched pressed, separately. Only the highest quality juice (tête de cuvée) was settled overnight and then fermented in stainless steel at 16°C, with a small portion of Chardonnay fermented in specific Piece Champenoise (205 L) oak barrels. After fermentation the portions were selected to enhance the minerality, elegance and finesse. It was then bottled for the secondary bottle fermentation with a minimum of 60 months yeast contact before disgorgement. This exceptionally complex, yet subtle MCC is approachable and round with the potential to age and remarkably versatile with food.

'Undoubtedly the wines that incite the most interest in a sparkling wine range are the prestige cuvées or cuvée speciale. They represent stricter selection than for the normal vintage wine and reflect extreme care in the cellar and the pursuit of even greater excellence.'

Their most prestigious and exclusive Cap Classique yet, the Cuvée Clive is testimony to their reputation as a world class producer of Methôde Champenoise style wines and a culmination of meticulous planning, unbridled passion and the pursuit of the perfect bubble.

This Cuvée is produced only in vintages of exceptional qualities from the two classic varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The fruit for the Chardonnay is from their rich limestone vineyards on their estate in Robertson and the Pinot Noir is from Stellenbosch. Both varietals were hand-picked with the Chardonnay contributing fruit and elegance and the Pinot Noir complexity and length of flavour. In the cellar both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were whole bunched pressed, separately. Only the highest quality juice (tête de cuvée) was settled overnight and then fermented in stainless steel at 16°C, with a small portion of Chardonnay fermented in specific Piece Champenoise (205 L) oak barrels. After fermentation the portions were selected to enhance the minerality, elegance and finesse. It was then bottled for the secondary bottle fermentation with a minimum of 60 months yeast contact before disgorgement. This exceptionally complex, yet subtle MCC is approachable and round with the potential to age and remarkably versatile with food.

'Undoubtedly the wines that incite the most interest in a sparkling wine range are the prestige cuvées or cuvée speciale. They represent stricter selection than for the normal vintage wine and reflect extreme care in the cellar and the pursuit of even greater excellence.'

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Country

ZA

Region

Western Cape

Style

Sparkling

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