Morné Vrey, Delaire Graff’s Winemaker draws grapes from Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Darling, and Franschhoek for the Delaire Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2017.
With the Cape in the midst of a drought, some people say since 1904, the dry and warm weather during the ripening period of the 2017 caused healthy bunches with small intensely flavoured grapes. Good cool nocturnal temperatures helped longer ripening and the resultant addition to flavour.
Harvesting took place in the early hours of the morning and were brought to the cellar and destemmed and allowed a short period of skin contact. There is a splash [6%] of Semillon which is fermented in new French oak barrels and then left for 5 months on the lees. The Sauvignon Blancs were fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain freshness. Blending took place and the wine were prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under a screw cape in a Burgundy shaped bottle with the elegant simple Delaire Graff label. In the glass, it is a pale golden straw with youthful green flashes.
It smells like
Tropical fruits, fynbos herbaceousness. And whiffs of ripe green melon.
It tastes like
Lovely mélange of tropical fruits. Cape Gooseberries, green figs. Interesting tastes of blackcurrant – usually found in Cabernet Sauvignon of which Sauvignon Blanc is a parent. The Semillon adds a touch of gravitas and keeps the vibrant Sauvignon Blanc reigned in. Perfect harmony, intense fruit flavours, beautiful line of acidity running though from entry to tail.
It’s good with
Very satisfying as a sipper at sunset. Good aperitif which could take you into the first dish of dinner. Virgil Kahn, the Chef of Indochine, the estate’s Asian style restaurant prepares a dish called Asparagus and Broccoli. Click here for his recipe.
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