Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay 2015

We recently visited Delaire Graff for a wine tasting of Morné Vrey’s wonderful wines, with Johann Laubser, the Estate’s General Manager.  We returned there for tasting and lunch at his invitation with our children on the day before Christmas.

The view from the Delaire Graff Restaurant

One of the wines we tasted – and so enjoyed – was the Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay 2015.  Summercourt is a neighbouring farm and Johann and his team manage the vineyards to ensure that the grapes which are delivered to the cellar are of the finest quality.

Morné Vrey & Bethwell Sombhuza

The dry 2015 weather leading up to the harvest created just the healthiest grapes which offered exceptional flavour.  The grapes were harvested by hand in the early hours of the morning and brought up to the cellar where Morné and his team whole bunch pressed them and allowed half the fermentation to take place in stainless steel tanks.  The fermenting wine was then taken to 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels where it remained to complete fermentation and rest in the barrels for 2 months.  The wine was then taken to stainless steel tanks where it lay on its primary lees for a further 6 months before being prepared for bottling.

Delaire Graff Wine Tasting

It looks like
Bottled under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped bottle with the elegant simple Delarire Graff label. In the glass, it is a gem bright pale straw colour.

It smells like
Sweet tropical limes and ripe white fleshed peaches.

It tastes like
Peach is repeated on the palate with a lovely silken citrus thread running through a broad mid palate into a long ending, crisp fresh and mineral.

Michael Deg, Chef at Delaire Graff Restaurant
one of the Cape’s unsung heros

It’s good with
The ideal food wine. And if you land a table at the Delaire Graff Restaurant, Michael Deg, the chef, will serve you some magical food.  One of my best dishes of 2016 is his starter dish simply called Tomatoes – the simplest of dishes, jam packed with bright tomato flavours.

Here are some of Michael’s dishes

Tomatoes, one of my dishes of 2016

Prawn & Mussel Linguine

Tasting of West Coast Oysters

Michael Deg’s Eton Mess, strawberries hiding inside

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