Delaire Graff Shiraz 2015 & Nadia Graves’s BBQ Pork Ribs – 28.04.2017

Delaire Graff Shiraz 2015

The Delaire Graff Estate is situated at the top of the Helshoogte Pass in Banghoek, Stellenbosch. Overlooking the beautiful Banghoek Valley with its soaring mountains, the Delaire Graff Restaurant has the most perfect views from its deck. Morné Vrey, the award-winning winemaker was recently invited to be a member of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild – a group of some of the Cape’s finest winemakers.

Morne Vrey bearing trophies from the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

While they use mainly their own grapes, the Estate sources from contracted growers and their own viticultural team assists the producers to grow the best quality grapes possible.

Dry weather conditions leading up to the harvest allowed for early bud burst and healthy grapes.

Hand harvested in the early hours of the morning from a selection of cool vineyards in the Stellenbosch Appellation, the grapes for the Delaire Graff Shiraz 2015 were taken to the cellar for elevation.  After destalking and crushing the grapes were taken to cool fermentation, followed by a year in previously filled French oak barrels.  The wine was then prepared for bottling.

Shiraz grapes ripening on the vine

It looks like
Bottled under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped bottle with the elegant Delaire Graff livery. In the glass, it is a deep Satsuma plum colour at the core which pales out to purple garnet at the rim.

It smells like
Classical Shiraz plums, fynbos herbs and a grind of white pepper. Rustic red berries.

It tastes like
A generosity of berries, roadside brambles, mulberries. Easy entry, full soft mid palate with an undertow of supporting oak with the tannins and acidity beautifully interwoven into the savoury ending.

Nadia Graves’s BBQ Pork Ribs

It’s good with
This is a very approachable wine, so it works well as a glass on its own while you wait for the braai fires to reach perfection.  It likes spicy foods and Nadia Graves’s BBQ Pork Ribs, from her kitchen in the Dordogne, is the perfect dish to partner this wine. Click here for her recipe.

Nadia Graves teaching in her Dordogne Kitchen

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