Wine and bub­bly

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In a show-stop­ping mo­ment for the lo­cally pro­duced Méthod Cap Clas­sique, Pon­grácz Blanc de Blancs was crowned as the over­all cham­pion wine, re­ceiv­ing the Ver­tex Award at the 2018 Ver­i­tas Awards held last week­end.

With a record num­ber of 1,677 en­tries in to­tal and 50 dou­ble gold medals awarded, wine­maker Elunda Bas­son said it was an hon­our for the wine to be sin­gled out as the best on show at the Cape Town event.

“The years of work­ing towards cre­at­ing the ul­ti­mate MCC paid off and this recog­ni­tion is truly the pin­na­cle of my ca­reer. I’m lit­er­ally on cloud nine!

“As one of SA’s lead­ing MCC pro­duc­ers we strive for un­par­al­leled qual­ity and con­tin­u­ously add in­no­va­tion to our range,” she said.

The Ver­i­tas Ver­tex award for the top wine of the com­pe­ti­tion takes its name from the Latin ver­tex, which means “high­est point” and a hand­made glass tro­phy, es­pe­cially de­signed for the Ver­tex award win­ning wine, was pre­sented to Bas­son on the night.

In ad­di­tion the flag­ship Desiderius Pon­grácz, which spends 60 months in the bot­tle for sec­ondary fer­men­ta­tion, took dou­ble gold.

The 100% chardon­nay blanc de blanc com­ple­ments the Pon­grácz range, made in the tra­di­tional French method of al­low­ing sec­ondary fer­men­ta­tion to take place in the bot­tle.

Lively with bright, zesty cit­rus aro­mas, the Pon­grácz Blanc de Blancs is in­tensely fruity.

The re­fresh­ing palate re­veals an al­lur­ing creami­ness, fresh lemon zest and toasty yeast, end­ing with a vi­brant min­er­aldriven fin­ish.

The grapes were hand­s­e­lected from vine­yards cooled by mar­itime breezes and se­lected for their over­all qual­ity and suit­abil­ity.

Pon­grácz, which re­tails for about R180 a bot­tle, is in­spired by a noble­man and refugee from the Hun­gar­ian up­ris­ing, Desiderius Pon­grácz, whose vi­sion re­vi­talised viti­cul­ture in the Cape.


Four lucky Week­end Post readers can snap up a bot­tle of Pon­grácz Blanc de Blancs in cel­e­bra­tion of the wine’s win at the Ver­tex Awards.

All you have to do to en­ter is SMS the word BUB­BLY to 41893 be­fore noon on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 15, fol­lowed by your name and sur­name. The win­ners will be drawn elec­tron­i­cally and no­ti­fied tele­phon­i­cally be­fore day’s end on Mon­day.

SMSes cost R1.50 each, er­rors and omis­sions are billed, and free SMSes do not count. Other Ts and Cs may also ap­ply. Tiso Black­star em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies are not per­mit­ted to en­ter.

Win­ners will need to col­lect the prize from The Her­ald of­fices in Baak­ens Street.

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