Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2014, flagship of all flagships…

Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2014

Pieter Ferreira has a huge reputation as a maker of Méthode Cap Classique Wines, and in particular, the Graham Beck MCCs. His reputation as a world class producer of Champagne style Wines. This wine, from the 2014 vintage is made only from Chardonnay grapes. 70% of the blend originated from one block on the Graham Beck Estate in in Robertson, planted in 2002 to four different clones of Chardonnay on pure limestone soil. The balance come from Darling, that cool climate region which is cooled by the Benguela Current which runs up our West Coast from the cold South Atlantic.

Pieter Ferriera, master at Méthode Cap Classique

Once the grapes arrive in the cellar, they are whole bunch pressed and the only the cuvée [first 400 litres per ton was used]. After cool settling the juice as taken to neutral Champenoise oak barrels for fermentation and maturation for 3 months. The Robertson and Darling wines were then blended and bottled for the second fermentation. This took place over 5 years on the lees resulting in the perfect combination of elegance and power.

Chardonnay in the Harvesters Hands

From a traditional Champagne shaped bottle, closed with natural cork and a wire muzzle to hold the cork in position. The labelling is graceful and stylish. The wine comes in an presentation case. In the glass, the wine is a pale gold with a mass of the tiniest bubbles rushing to the surface where they form a crown around the edges. Aromas of green apple, soft sundried apricots are followed on the palate and from entry there is a crisp acidity to counterbalance the citrus and marzipan. There are flavours of fresh sappy yellow peaches and toasted hazelnuts. Satisfying long ending. A truly impressive glass, ready for drinking now.

Nina Timm’s Smoked Trout Terrine

Not the easiest of things to do is to recommend a food match with a great wine like the Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2014. While I often recommend to my readers is that a wine of this style should not be kept for a special occasion, but drunk on any occasion. However, to drink this wine, you need time to concentrate on its beauty. So, perhaps a table on the verandah for two? Excellent with some roasted and delicately salted almonds, or a bowl of fat green almonds. With some delicious smoked salmon or trout snack. Nina Timm’s Smoked Trout Terrine is the perfect partner. Click HERE for her recipe.

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