Delaire Graff Stellenbosch Botmaskop 2019
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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: Extensive sorting of the grapes formed part of the quality management process. The grapes were de-stemmed only, not crushed, to ensure gentle extraction of fruit 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: Rich aromas of cassis and spice with intense liquorice and blackberry flavours on the palate and fine, lingering tannins. Optimal ageing potential of 5 – 8 years.