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2014 Amorim MCC Challege Results

GM in action.

The results of the 14th annual Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge are as follows: Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner: Domaines des Dieux 2009 Best Brut Non-Vintage: Lords Best Rosé Non-Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé Best Rosé … [Read more...]

Graham Beck Ad Honorem 2009

Lest we forget.

On Friday, a tasting of the ultra-premium still wines from Graham Beck currently available. These include the Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2011, The Ridge Syrah 2011, Shiraz-Vigonier blend The Joshua 2011, … [Read more...]

Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2009

All grown up.

“Needs time” is one of the great euphemisms a taster can use when confronted by a young wine that he or she feels is not showing as well as it might. When I first encountered the 2009 vintage of Bowed Head Chenin Blanc from Graham Beck about two … [Read more...]

Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008


“I want Pheasants’ Run to be the ultimate expression of cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc,” says Erika Obermeyer, Graham Beck winemaker before presenting a vertical tasting of the 2006 to 2012 vintages. The name of the wine is a translation of … [Read more...]

Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Bullet proof.

Is there a more decorated Sauvignon Blanc in the country? The 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages have all rated 5 Stars in Platter’s while 2007 through 2010 placed among the winners of the Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition, 2008 and 2009 both doing this … [Read more...]

The great bubbly shoot-out

France 1st, SA, 2nd, SA 3rd.

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED out last Friday: The festive season lends itself to drinking bubbles but which bubbles? If you opt for Méthode Cap Classique, there’s always the anxiety that you’re forfeiting quality for economy … [Read more...]