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Double the applause for Desiderius Pongrácz at Michelangelo

Desiderius Pongrácz vintage 2011 has been awarded with a double gold at the 2018 Michelangelo International Wine Competition, now in its 22nd year.

A delighted Desiderius Pongrácz winemaker Elunda Basson says that this prestigious accolade is the third received in the past two weeks.

The awards just keep coming in for our flagship Méthode Cap Classique with each medal echoing our continuous commitment in producing world-class quality products. This particular MCC spends a minimum of 60 months in the bottle for a slow secondary fermentation. It’s years of nurturing and I feel so privileged to be making this exquisite MCC.”

Made in the time-honoured French tradition of secondary fermentation in the bottle to produce the lively yet gentle bubbles, the Desiderius Pongrácz 2011, 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.

The Desiderius Pongrácz 2011 is available from fine wine merchants and retails for about R450.