Desiderius Pongrácz crowned Best Brut in SA!2019-09-19 10:54:42
Desiderius Pongrácz vintage 2011 has been awarded the highest accolade with a double gold and as the Best Brut overall at the 2019 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge.
South Africa’s benchmark competition for premium MCC’s, the Amorim competition drew 134 entries and recognises outstanding naturally-fermented sparkling wines, known as Méthode Cap Classique in South Africa.
In the same week, the Pongrácz Blanc de Blanc received the highest score of 97 at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, doubling the celebration for Pongrácz ambassador and protégé winemaker Andiswa Mapheleba.
“I have only recently joined Pongrácz and I am so honoured to be part of the team crafting such noble Méthod Cap Classiques. These two awards create awareness amongst consumers to appreciate the value of locally produced wines and their exceptional quality which is on par with the finest Champagnes.”
Spending minimum 60 months in the bottle for a slow secondary fermentation, the ultra-premium Desiderius Pongrácz 2011, is gracious, elegant and timeless. The MCC, made in the time-honoured French tradition, is a blend of Chardonnay (70%) and Pinot Noir (30%) grapes hand-picked from two selected vineyard blocks. Beautiful, elegant bubbles and brioche-like taste fills the mouth with a rich and complex combination of fresh fruit, almonds and buttery bread.
The 100% Chardonnay Pongrácz Blanc de Blanc – which was also singled out as the best on show at the 2018 Veritas Wine Awards with the Vertex Award – has a beautiful finesse, crisp acidity and racy minerality.
A slow secondary fermentation in the bottle delivers the delicate mousse, with fine bubbles that linger over a beautifully crisp acidity. During this 36-month maturation the dead yeast cells accumulates at the bottom of the bottle and contribute to the distinctive brioche, creamy richness associated with an outstanding Méthode Cap Classique. As with the Desiderius Pongrácz 2011, the dead yeast cells (the lees) is then removed by the traditional methods of remuage and degorgement whereby the neck of the bottle is frozen in dry ice and the cells removed whilst still maintain the beautiful bubbles inside.
Lively with bright zesty citrus aromas, the Pongrácz Blanc de Blancs is intensely fruity. The refreshing palate reveals an alluring creaminess, fresh lemon zest and toasty yeast, ending with a vibrant mineral-driven finish.
Pongrácz is named after the nobleman and Hungarian refugee, Desiderius Pongrácz, who had a profound impact on viticulture in the Western Cape. Considered a genius for finding the unexpected in the traditional and fresh, unconventional theories, Pongrácz was witty and brilliant and his inspiration extended across the wine industry, classical music, anthropology and Dachshunds.
The Desiderius Pongrácz 2011, is available from fine wine merchants and www.vinoteque.co.za, retailing for R500 whilst the Pongrácz Blanc de Blanc is only available from the Vinoteque for R190 a bottle.