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2009 Graham Beck Brut Rose 

Western Cape, South Africa

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$19 Retail

This South African bottling is a good value and one of the best New World sparkling roses. The blend of 82 percent pinot noir and 18 percent chardonnay includes whole clusters of estate-grown fruit jointly crushed together.Following fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was bottled for the secondary fermentation, extending contact with the lees for 36 months. In the glass, a fine mousse offers aromas of raspberry, brioche and rose petals. On the palate, taste watermelon sherbet, ripe strawberry, lime zest, appealing minerality and a hint of spice. Drink it as an aperitif or with dishes ranging from seafood to white and red meats, salads and desserts. Buy it at: Keife & Co. and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Galatoire's and Arnaud's.


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