Desiderius Pongrácz 2011

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Handcrafted in a uniquely-styled fluted bottle that epitomises elegance, quality and nobility, this magnificent Cap Classique encapsulates grace and
exceptional character. It is alluring with a rich complexity and a slight green tint that teems with lively bubbles. Nuances of fresh fruit, almonds and rich buttery bread, delight the senses. This prestige cuvée is the ultimate pairing with bitter dark chocolate, duck liver parfait and orange scented delights.

This prestige cuvee is the ultimate pairing with bitter dark chocolate, duck liver parfait, and orange scented delights.

variety : Chardonnay [ 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir ]
winery : Pongracz
winemaker : Elunda Basson
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 11.84 % vol  rs : 4.8 g/l  pH : 3.2  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Cap_Classique  style : Off Dry  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
Vintage 2009
2018 Platter's Wine Guide - 5 stars
2017 Veritas - Double Gold
2017 IWSC - Gold Medal
2017 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge - Gold

Vintage 2008
2015 Ranked in top 10: Effervescents du Monde 2015 (2008 vintage)
2014 International Wine and Spirit Competition -  Silver
2013 Wine Pleasure’s “50 Great Sparkling Wines” - 93 Points
2013 Six Nations Wine Challenge - Double Gold
2015 Effervescents du Monde - Ranked in top 10

Vintage 2003
2015 Amorim MCC Challenge - Best Museum Class MCC
2015 South African Wine Index Awards - Best MCC (95.5% rating)
2015 Effervescents du Monde competition - only South African Top 10 contender
2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition - Silver

Handcrafted in a uniquely styled fluted bottle that epitomises elegance, quality and nobility, this magnificent Cap Classique encapsulates grace and exceptional character.

in the vineyard : The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were handpicked from two selected vineyard blocks in the Stellenbosch and Durbanville regions. The vines, growing on south facing s

about the harvest:  Grapes were harvested at 19.3° Balling in February 2011 producing a yield of 9 - 10 tons/ha.

in the cellar : The Chardonnay (70%) and Pinot Noir (30%) grapes were harvested at 19.3° Balling in February 2011 producing a yield of 9 - 10 tons/ha. After the grapes were whole bunch pressed, the juice was left to settle overnight at 12°C. The clear juice was racked the next morning and inoculated with Prisse de Mousse yeast. Once the base wine was cold fermented at 13 - 16°C and underwent malolactic fermentation, it was racked to clean stainless steel tanks and matured on the fine lees for four months. The wine was then bottled for slow secondary fermentation at 15°C, essential for a quality Méthode Cap Classique. The wine was matured for a minimum of 60 months on the lees before the sediment was removed by the traditional methods of remuage and dégorgement.

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