Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2009

Plenty of wow factor.

Plenty of wow factor.

Pieter Ferreira joined Graham Beck Wines in 1990 making this year his silver jubilee, celebrations ongoing. On Friday, lunch prepared by chef Duncan Doherty at The Flagship in Simon’s Town, each of the six courses paired with bubblies of different style and age.

The Blanc de Blancs 2002 paired with the very first course of duck liver parfait was drinking beautifully and looked like it was going to be wine of the day until the fifth course of roasted sea bass and the flagship Cuvée Clive 2009.

It’s a blend of 80% Chardonnay, including a small barrel-fermented portion and 20% Pinot Noir. Ferreira has taken to printing disgorgement dates on the back label, this being August 2014 for the bottle in question.

Citrus, apple, peach and strawberry plus a subtle yeasty quality. Layers of flavour, a creamy mousse and, perhaps most striking, really lovely acidity – whereas many local bubblies can appear sour, this was not. The most convincing exposition of this wine yet. Price: R550 a bottle.

Score: 93/100.

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