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Desiderius Pongrácz wins Museum Class at MCC Challenge

Desiderius Pongrácz vintage 2009 has been awarded as the Museum Class Winner in the 2018 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge.

Receiving a record number of 127 entries the Amorim competition aims to raise the bar and awareness of naturally-fermented sparkling wines, known as Méthode Cap Classique. The Museum Class is only for entry for MCC’s eight years and older to showcase the exceptional aging potential of South Africa’s sparkling wines.

Desiderius Pongrácz winemaker Elunda Basson says that the award is humbling, especially considering that she feels privileged to make such a noble Méthod Cap Classique.

The Museum category showcases the beauty of older MCC’s. We want to show the world that our Desiderius and many other fine local MCC’s have the potential to age well and for consumers to appreciate the value of locally produced wines and their exceptional quality on par with the finest Champagnes.”

With the Amorim Cap Classique challenge recognised as South Africa’s benchmark competition for premium MCC’s, their acknowledgment of our flagship Desiderius as one of the top performers is a true testament to our dedication to unparalleled quality.”

Spending minimum 60 months in the bottle for a slow secondary fermentation, the Desiderius Pongrácz 2009, is gracious, elegant and timeless. The MCC, made in the tradition 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.

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.

Although the 2009 vintage is sold out, the latest vintage, Desiderius Pongrácz 2011, is available from fine wine merchants and retails for about R450.