New vintage of singularly noble Pongrácz Desiderius released
South Africa's most adored Méthode Cap Classique, inspired by the Hungarian nobleman, Desiderius Pongrácz, has released a new vintage of the charismatic signature Cap Classique - Desiderius Pongrácz 2002.
Set apart by its distinctive fluted bottle that epitomises elegance, quality and nobility, Desiderius Pongrácz 2002 is crafted according to the time honoured French method of bottle fermentation. Singularly noble, this is an elegant blend of the classic Champagne varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot noir. It has a rich complexity and classic yeasty character from spending seven years on the lees as well as a wonderful foaming mousse with a persistent bead. As the wine matures it tends to develop wonderful creamy, nutty characteristics on the nose and a full bodied texture which lasts for ages on the palate.
"This magnificent Cap Classique encapsulates grace and exceptional character. It is alluring with a rich complexity and a slight green tint that teems with light, lively bubbles and raciness on the palate. Nuances of fresh fruit, almonds and freshly baked bread delight the senses. It is to be enjoyed when sharing golden moments with loved ones," says winemaker Elunda Basson.
Its predecessor, Desiderius Pongrácz 2001, was crowned South Africa's top Méthode Cap Classique at the 2009 Veritas Awards as the only recipient of a Double Gold medal in this highly contested category. The 2001 vintage has been on a winning streak in major local and international wine competitions this year. In London, it scooped the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards trophy as South Africa's Best Sparkling wine in the price category higher than £10; and it won gold medals at both the 2009 Tri-Nations Challenge as well as the 2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards.
This signature Cap Classique is perfectly suited for stylish affairs. Look out for this elegant MCC in its distinctive fluted bottle at chic restaurants and boutique wine shops. Desiderius Pongrácz 2002 sells at around R213 a bottle.
20 January 2010
by GC Communications