Top new world fizz from Graham Beck and Josef Chromy

josef chromy

Super-impressed by these two sparkling wines from the ‘new world’ – specifically South Africa and Australia. They’re both available from UK retailer Marks & Spencer (I strongly suspect that the Rhona is the re-badged Blanc de Blancs from Graham Back; M&S like to have exclusive labels).

[A side note on scoring. I hate the 100 point scale, but I use it to give you, dear reader, an idea of how much I liked the wine. Nothing scientific: just putting my view out, for better or worse. And I use the 100 point scale because it is the most widely used and easiest understood. And it is a universal scale. So for these wines, if I give one 93/100 and give a Champagne 93/100, I'm saying that I believe these to be qualitative peers. I hate the idea of scores relative to peer groups, because in this case it would patronize the non-Champagne sparklers and confuse readers/buyers.]

Josef Chromy NV Tasmania, Australia
12% alcohol. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Quite pale in colour. Lovely aromatic nose of pear and peach with some subtle toastiness. Textured, broad palate of pear and ripe apple with a nice creaminess. Very stylish: it has richness but also finesse. World class fizz. 92/100 (£20 Marks & Spencer)

graham beck the rhona

Graham Beck The Rhona Methode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2009 South Africa
12% alcohol, disgorged August 2014.Very fine toasty nose with lovely white peach, melon and biscuit aromas. The palate is powerful with a hint of bacon savouriness, some toast, and ripe peaches. Deliciously expressive and decadent, this is lovely stuff. Drink now. 93/100 (£11 Marks & Spencer a stunning bargain!)

2 comments to Top new world fizz from Graham Beck and Josef Chromy

  • Russell Moffatt

    Thanks for the recommendation. Have bought some as a pre-wedding drink for my daughters wedding. Any further help gratefully received for some more ‘special’ stuff on the day?

  • anthony scott

    Good morning,
    I would just like to introduce myself.I am anthony scott from tasmanian fine wine and i bring in wine from Relbia estate in tasmanian and wonder if you have had the opportunity to try this range of wines.If you would like any further info please contact me.

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