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Yin & Yang 2016 Cap Classique, Graham Beck

£69.95 £59.95 per pack of 2

About this wine

Graham Beck Yin & Yang, a dynamic duo of limited-edition (only 2000 sets produced) premium Cap Classique blends form part of the exclusive Artisan Collection. This advanced tier is the creative playground for the skilled team of Graham Beck Cap Classique craftsmen. Within this exceptional milieu they can unveil the artistic ingenuity of artisanal, terroir-driven winemaking, affording them a unique opportunity to create something rare and memorable from a specific vintage.

The very nature of yin-yang lies in the interchange and interplay of these two components. This can be related to the use of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in crafting premium sparkling wines. The two ‘forces’ inherent in these two noble cultivars are opposing, yet completely complementary to one another in Cap Classique blending. In both these exquisite Cap Classiques the harmonious balance of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is beautifully highlighted and delightfully celebrated. Yin displays an inward earthly energy, which contributes complexity and structure while Yang displays an outward heavenly energy, characterised by supreme elegance and finesse.

2016 Yin (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay)

With its delightful salmon pink hue and vibrant red berry and blackcurrant aromas, Yin shows outstanding intensity and complexity, with hints of warm, savoury allspice and great length on the palate.

Alcohol: 12.5% ABV

Date of bottling: 27-07-2016
Date of disgorging: 20-08-2021

2016 Yang (60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir)

Yang delights with tinges of sun-kissed apricot and rich, ripe citrus aromas, while the palate boasts a vibrant entry, together with delectable nuances of orange and lemon peel and superb length. The intensity is perfectly balanced by a silky elegance and finesse.

Alcohol:12.5% ABV

Date of bottling: 27-07-2016
Date of disgorging: 20-08-2021

WATCH GRAHAM BECK YIN & YANG 2016 PRESENTED BY CELLARMASTER PIETER FERREIRA AND WINEMAKER PIERRE DE KLERK

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Producer Graham Beck
Category Gifts & More
Region Western Cape
Colour Sparkling
Grape Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
Bottle Size Magnum – 1.5L

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