Winemaking Philosophy

Our Bold Winemaking Philosophy

After leading the Cap Classique wave for over a decade with its Brut, Pongrácz raised the bar even higher with the launch of the Grande Cuvée, Desiderius, in 2002, and a Brut Rosé in 2009. The latest addition to the range is the Noble Nectar in a Demi-Sec showcasing the innovation of production.

Our goal is to create wines of exemplary quality and character by utilising traditional winemaking techniques that complement the unique qualities derived from our vineyards, in a style that best reflects each Cap Classique. The wines are complex and showcase a flawless balance between terroir-driven grapes and excellence in winemaking.

Our philosophy is to combine the best possible characteristics from multiple terroirs, and to blend them in suitable combinations in order to achieve the consistency in quality our consumers expect from our non-vintage blends. But our multiple terroir strategy also allows us to pick the best small lots of grapes from a range of top microclimates and blend them for our super premium vintage offerings as well. Every vintage tells the story of the hand-selected pockets that, in combination, produced a most superior final blend.

Our philosophy is to combine the best possible characteristics from multiple terroirs, and to blend them in suitable combinations in order to achieve the consistency in quality our consumers expect from our non-vintage blends. But our multiple terroir strategy also allows us to pick the best small lots of grapes from a range of top microclimates and blend them for our super premium vintage offerings as well. Every vintage tells the story of the hand-selected pockets that, in combination, produced a most superior final blend.

Besides the attention to detail that goes into the selection of components for the base wine, the second fermentation in bottle and the time spent on lees, is a further part of the art that we never compromise on.

Special vintage Cap Classique needs time, and our philosophy is never to rush this crucial last stage. Because of this philosophy we have the very proud history of Desiderius as our most awarded Cap Classique in the range. The international recognition that we have achieved in the past is affirmation of what we passionately believe to be a product of highest quality and international standards.

Terroir

By 2004 our production had grown and so too our need to establish vineyards across the Western Cape to ensure that our final blend of MCCs depict the finest grapes from the different regions.

We started planting more Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes across the Western Cape to ensure we have the very best from which to select.

Our vineyards range from the cooler climate areas of Stellenbosch, Elgin and Darling where the moderate Mediterranean climate brings forth exceptionally well-balanced grapes with zesty acidity and concentrated flavours, to the warmer Robertson area with its cool winters, summer rainfalls and clay-rich soils.