pongractzWine of Origin: Western Cape

Winemaker: Elunda Basson

Background:  Pongrácz, one of South Africa’s most popular brands of Méthode Cap Classique’s, this year celebrates 25 years of production.

Pongrácz was launched in 1990 in honour of the life’s work of Desiderius Pongrácz, who was one of the Capes most prominent viticulturist. Pongrácz, who was a refugee and nobleman from the Hungarian uprising, was fondly known as “Pongi” to his friends and colleagues. During his time in the Cape he had created many innovations and new style’s of viticulture that are still evident in our vineyards today.

The Brut Rosé is composed of the classic noble varietals of Champagne namely Chardonnay (60%) and Pinot noir (40%).  The Chardonnay imparts a clean flintiness, whilst the Pinot noir lends structure, which releases a unique taste and a captivating salmon pink hue. The rosé spent two years on the lees which has given the wine a lovely richness making it not only a wonderful aperitif but a lovely wine to enjoy with food as well.

Result: The wine displays a delicate salmon pink colour with rich yeasty, toasty aromas and lovely ripe fruit. The palate has a dramatic entry of a myriad of tiny bubbles which settle into a decadent mouth feel of cassis flavoured fruit with a lovely long toasty finish.

When to drink: Enjoy the wine now but in a few years time this wine will develop further to impart more of the richness it has at present.

Expect to pay (prices may differ nationally): R159.00

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