GRAHAM BECK BRUT ZERO
Price: R370 ex cellar
If you find sparkling wines too sweet for your palate, give the Brut Zero from acclaimed Robertson producer Graham Beck a try. A blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, with no “dosage” – the sweetened wine often added to bubbly just before corking – it’s a bone-dry bubbly packed with minerality, stone fruits and complexity.
TOKARA BLAC DE BLANC
Price: R650 ex cellar
Stellenbosch estate Tokara has raised the bar for high-end MCC with its impressive Blanc de Blanc, made from chardonnay grown in the upper reaches of the cool Elgin valley.
Aside from the grapes, time is the key ingredient here: the base wine was matured for 15 months, before secondary fermentation and four years of bottle maturation on the lees. After corking the wine was then matured for another 17 months before release.
Expect wonderfully fine bubbles, and a palate of almonds, brioche, lemon and lime. One for a special occasion.