2018 Graham Beck Cuvée Clive

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Type of Wine Rosé
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Appellation Robertson (Appellation)
Winery Graham Beck
Vintage 2018
Grape Chardonnay
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (12%)
Drink window 2023 - 2028
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The most prestigious and exclusive Cap Classique, the Cuvée Clive is the pinnacle of its Méthode Champenoise style wines. This prestigious cuvee embodies Graham Beck's pursuit of the perfect bubble and is the result of meticulous planning and unbridled passion. It is therefore a great reward that the Cuvée Clive has been voted the Sparkling Wine of the Year in the annual Tim Atkin South African Report (see Appendix tab with Tim Atkins' report)

The Cuvée Clive is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. These vineyards are located opposite Graham Beck's wine cellars in Robertson. The grapes are picked by hand in the second week of January. They are received early in the morning and the entire bunch is pressed, using only the cuvée fraction (the first 400L per tonne) for this wine. The juice settles for 24 hours and is then aged directly in neutral champenoise barrels for initial fermentation and maturation for a period of 3 months, after which the two blocks are blended and bottled. After a whopping 60 months of aging in the bottle, the 2014 Cuvée Clive emerged as a showcase of power and elegance that flowed seamlessly together. Around 6,000 bottles were made of this winner.

The Cuvée Clive is a complex, balanced, powerful and yet elegant cap classique that stimulates the senses from start to finish. Ripe citrus aromas are supported by nuances of apricot, apple and roasted almond. The palate starts with aromas of fresh and zesty citrus, developing into richer, fleshy yellow stone fruit and nutty notes. The penetrating acidity, complex texture and deliciously small bubbles provide a taste experience that leaves you begging for more.

AWARDS

  • Platter 2018: 4 1/2 Stars
  • International Wine Challenge 2017 (IWC): Commanded winner
  • Tim Atkin Master of Wine 2017: 97 Points
  • Six Nations Challenge 2017: Gold
  • South African National Wine Challenge 2016: Top 100 status/Double Platinum awards
Vineyard for 2018 Graham Beck Cuvée Clive

Graham Beck winery is located in Robertson, South Africa, in the Western Cape province about 175km from Cape Town. In 1983, Graham Beck bought a farm in Robertson with only one goal in mind: to start a top wine house. And it worked! In the meantime, there has been considerable expansion and Graham Beck Wines has 4 wineries in Franschhoek, Robertson and Stellenbosch with a total of almost 400 hectares of vineyards.

Because this winery has access to different areas, it is possible to plant the perfect grape in the right area based on the correct micro-climate & soil combination. As a result, winery Graham Beck creates the perfect conditions for itself, which ensures harvests that can be called fantastic.

This winery works with an eye for detail and you can taste that in the wines. Graham Beck winery is very successful and is now known for its great sparkling wines that are champagne-like but at a much better price.

More Information
Type of Wine Rosé
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Appellation Robertson (Appellation)
Winery Graham Beck
Grape Chardonnay
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2018
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2028
Alcohol % 12
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling Yes
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 93
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Fresh, Tense, White fruit
Drink moments Cadeau!, Iets te vieren, Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Romantisch, Summer party
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