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Pongrácz wins Grand Gold at 2023 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Pongrácz has won top awards at the renowned 2023 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Belgium. Pongrácz Brut NV received a Grand Gold, while the vintage Desiderius Pongrácz 2015 earned a Gold. This recognition highlights the quality of the locally produced Cap Classiques, crafted in the French tradition to express the unique South African terroir.

The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is a prestigious wine competition that identifies exceptional wines from around the world. Pongrácz winemaker MP Botes expressed his pride in these two gold awards, which reaffirm the commitment to producing world-class Cap Classiques. The wines are meticulously nurtured, allowing for secondary fermentation in the bottle, resulting in delicate bubbles and integrated aromas.

The Pongrácz Brut NV is perfect for enjoying on any occasion. Whether on its own, at brunch, or with a picnic, this Cap Classique is designed for sipping and savouring. Crafted from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, hand-picked from vineyards cooled by maritime breezes, the wine undergoes bottle fermentation and lees aging for at least 15 months. It delights the senses with crisp green apple notes, hints of freshly baked bread, delicate yeasty tones, layered citrus fruit, and a rich, elegant mousse, culminating in a long, satisfying aftertaste.

The ultra-premium Desiderius Pongrácz 2015, aged for a minimum of 69 months, epitomizes grace, elegance, and timelessness. Crafted in the revered French tradition, this blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir is meticulously hand-picked from select vineyard blocks. It charms with beautiful bubbles, brioche-like aromas, a rich and complex combination of nuanced fruit, almonds, and yeasty notes, followed by a lingering aftertaste.

Pongrácz pays homage to the remarkable nobleman and Hungarian refugee, Desiderius Pongrácz, who made a profound impact on viticulture in the Western Cape. Known for his brilliance and wit, Pongrácz drew inspiration from unconventional theories and found unexpected beauty in tradition. His influence extended beyond the wine industry, encompassing classical music, anthropology, and even Dachshunds.

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