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Desiderius impresses in Tim Atkin’s latest report

Acclaimed British wine commentator and Wine Master, Tim Atkin, has scored the Desiderius Pongrácz 2011 with 94 points in his latest yearly report released on the South African Wine Industry.

In his seventh report on the industry, Tim rates those wines scoring between 90 and 94 to be outstanding and with superior character and style on his 100-point scale.

Tim a well-known British wine writer and Master of Wine, highlighted this exceptional Méthod Cap Classique as “toasty, focused and very complex, with its Chardonnay base providing a spine of acidity and structure.”

He feels optimistic about the South African wine industry despite a number of political, economical and environmental challenges. “Wine remains a rare beacon of hope and excellence. There’s something happening in South Africa that is unique in the wine world. Call it energy, call it creativity, call it optimism, call it all three. But it’s apparent to anyone who visits the Cape.”

Desiderius Pongrácz 2011 is made in the French time-honoured tradition of bottle fermentation and is a blend of Chardonnay (70%) and Pinot Noir (30%) grapes hand-picked from two selected vineyard blocks. The wine spent four months maturing on the fine lees before being bottled for a slow secondary fermentation of 60 months producing the beautiful, elegant bubbles and brioche-like taste.

This graceful MCC is rich and complex with a slight green tint. The combination of fresh fruit, lively bubbles, almonds and rich buttery bread is a delight to the senses.

Desiderius 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 retails for about R450