Delaire Graff Stellenbosch Botmaskop 2018
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PRODUCER: With 20 hectares of vineyards situated on the slopes of Botmaskop Mountain, Stellenbosch, planted with Bordeaux reds and Chardonnay grapes, Delaire Graff Estate produces supremely elegant vintages and are honoured to have been named one of the Top 50 wineries by the World’s Best Vineyards 2020 — placing first within the African continent.
WINEMAKING: Faced with severe drought, the challenging conditions of the 2018 harvest resulted in one of the smallest yields in years. Yet despite the significant difficulties, the cooler ripening period and smaller crops produced berries with concentrated flavour and intense colour providing wines of notable quality. The grapes were handpicked in the early hours of the morning from the Estate’s oldest single vineyard.
Sorting of the grapes formed part of the quality management process. The grapes were de-stemmed only, not crushed, to ensure gentle extraction of flavours. Whole berry fermentation and gentle punch-downs ensured extra care in handling of grapes.
After basket pressing, the wine matured in 50% new French oak barrels for 16 months, where malolactic fermentation took place.
TASTING NOTES: The expressive blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (59%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Petit Verdot (10%), Merlot (8%) and Malbec (3%) wraps every red wine lover around its finger with its rich fruit and spice notes. Fine tannins caress the palate and are in beautiful harmony with the intense notes of liquorice and blackberries. Whether pure or with dishes of dark meat - the Delaire Graff Botmaskop is always a culinary highlight.
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