A dazzling New Year with Pongracz Desiderius MCC

I was in for a treat this New Year’s with a 2008 MCC by  Pongracz Desiderius.

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Note how elegant the bottle is with its unique design. When you buy it, it comes wrapped in gold cellophane for around R430 a bottle. Available at Makro.

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This bottle is a tribute to Desiderius Pongrácz, a nobleman and refugee from the Hungarian uprising who was known to see the new in the familiar. The bottle bears his family crest and even signature.

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It is made from 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir – grapes sourced in the Robertson, Stellenbosch and Elgin regions of the Western Cape, South Africa.

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Just look at those bubbles! On the palate it has quite a strong taste of fresh fruit, almonds and rich buttery bread. It certainly got my taste buds going and would pair wonderfully with chocolate or even duck. It has a strong Chardonnay taste, so if you love Chardonnay, you will love this too.

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Residual sugar at 5.1 g/l  and alcohol  at 11.71 vol %.

Awards:

2014 – Silver, International Wine and Spirit Competition (2008 vintage)

2013 – 93 points, Wine Pleasure’s “50 Great Sparkling Wines” (2008 vintage)

2013 – Double Gold at Six Nations Wine Challenge (2008 vintage)

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So which wine will I review next?

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