Graham Beck MCC Brut NV

Graham Beck, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Methode Cap Classique, Brut, WO Western Cape, South Africa, disgorged March 2015, NV

This wine: a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, bottle fermented, lees ageing over 15-18 months, mushroom cork closure, 12% abv, widely available, ~£12 (2016)

Consumer tasting note: made in the same way as champagne and cava, refreshing but not demanding acidity-wise, with a pleasant toasty orchard fruit nose and bouquet, not complex, but with decent flavour intensity and length.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears and small bubbles.

Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of toast and digestive biscuit, apple puree, green pear, gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), a spicy hint.

Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, a medium (-) body, medium alcohol, medium intensity, with flavours of warm toast, baked apple, warm hay, and hints of coconut and ginger. A medium (+) toasty length with a creamy mousse and a long persistence, and a very low-key grip.

Quality: a good quality wine, decent acidity balances alcohol and flavour intensity; decent intensity, but lacks complexity, modest flavour concentration, following into a modest length.

Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, not suitable for further ageing – will hold for a year or so but has neither the concentration nor indicative length, nor complexity, to suggest potential for improvement.

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