Brut Zero represents the ultimate transparency in premium
Méthode Cap Classique. This extra special cuvee was created without
the use of dosage. With no added sugar, what remains is a sparkling
wine in its purist form; unadorned and natural. This style of wine
can only be made in truly exceptional vintages.
VARIETY: 87% Chardonnay & 13% Pinot Noir
TASTING NOTES: Elegant, freshand lively, this wine is a
study in rich minerality. Fresh green apples and hints of brioche,
citrus and barely perceptible iris develop on the
mid-palate as the wine is left to stand. Virtually sugar free, the
natural salt affinity of this zero-dosage wine makes it the
ideal partner to crustacean dishes and sushi.
CELLAR: Produced in the Méthode Cap Classique Cellar, Graham
Beck Wines, Robertson.
AREA OF ORGIN: Estate Chardonnay from Robertson and Estate Pinot
Noir from Firgrove, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa.
VINEYARD: Rich limestone soil yielded the Chardonnay grapes at 8
tons per hectare. Firgrove vines planted on decomposing
granite yielded the Pinot Noir at 7 tons per hectare.
HARVEST DETAILS: Both varieties are hand-picked; Chardonnay at
19.5 ̊B for fruit and elegance, Pinot Noir at 20 ̊B for complexity
and length of flavour.
CELLAR TREATMENT: The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were whole-bunch
pressed separately. Only the highest quality juice
(tête de cuvée) was selected
and settled overnight before fermentation in
stainless steel tanks at 16 ̊C. A small portion of
Chardonnay fermented in specific Piece Champenoise (205
L) oak barrels. The fermented portions were selected for
minerality, elegance and finesse. A secondary bottle
fermentation followed, and the wine remained on the lees for 72
months (six years) before disgorgement.
Residual Sugar: 2.5 g/L
Total Acid: 6.6 g/L
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