Tim Atkin’s latest report gives top score to Pongrácz Blanc de Blancs

Tim Atkin’s latest report gives top score to Pongrácz Blanc de Blancs

14 Sep 2020 

In the definitive guide to the South African Wine Industry released by Tim Atkin, the well-known British wine writer and Master of Wine, the Pongrácz Blanc de Blancs achieved a score of 91.

Atkin tasted 1381 South African wines for his eight report on the South African Wine Industry and rates those wines scoring between 90 and 94 to be outstanding and with superior character and style on his 100-point scale.

Atkin praised the Pongrácz Blanc de Blancs commenting, “The pick of the current Pongrácz range from Andiswa Mapheleba, this is a Chardonnay bubbly that sees some barrel fermentation of its base wine. Leesy and yeasty, with notes of fresh dough, some patisserie spices and a long, persistent finish. Enjoy 2020-24.”

Blanc de Blancs (meaning “white of whites”) is arguably the most elegant style for Champagne and Méthode Cap Classique. With its beautiful finesse, crisp acidity and racy minerality it’s a joy to sip and very well suited to pairing with food.

Lively with bright zesty citrus aromas, the Pongrácz Blanc de Blancs expresses delicate Chardonnay fruit. The refreshing palate reveals an alluring creaminess, fresh lemon zest and toasty yeast, ending with a vibrant mineral-driven finish.

The grapes were hand-selected from vineyards cooled by maritime breezes and selected for their overall quality and suitability. After the grapes were whole bunch pressed, the juice was left to settle overnight, racked and inoculated with Prisse de Mousse yeast.

Once the base wine was cold fermented and underwent malolactic fermentation, it was racked to clean stainless-steel tanks and matured on the fine lees for four months. A small portion of the blend was barrel fermented to enhance the richness and flavour complexity of the final blend. The wine was then bottled for slow secondary fermentation and matured for a minimum of 36 months on the lees, in the traditional French method of allowing secondary fermentation to take place in the bottle, before the sediment was removed by the traditional methods of remuage and degorgement.

Available from www.vinoteque.co.za for around R185, the Pongrácz Blanc de Blancs is undoubtedly a special MCC to add to your collection.