Delaire Graaff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is the child of grapes from four premium wine regions, Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Darling and Franschhoek. In a time of extreme drought on the Western Cape, the crop was lighter than it had been for years. The bunches were lighter, the berries smaller which resulted in greater flavour on the final wine. A longer cooler ripening period also helped to build mouth feel, greater concentration and good colour.
The grapes for the Delaire Graaff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2018 from the regions added a wider spectrum of flavours. 10% Semillon which was fermented by Wine Maker Morné Vrey in oak barrels for three weeks added a touch of gravitas to the wine. After a short time of skin contact, fermentation took place and the wine was left on the lees for 5 months to add depth and breadth of flavour. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottled under screw cap. The label, the usual elegant Delaire Graff livery. In the glass, the Delaire Graaff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is a gem bright pale golden straw. The aromas are of tropical fruits and sweet tropical limes, herbaceous fynbos and the one thing that always surprises me, blackcurrant. As a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, this could be where the blackcurrant flavours in Cabernet come from. The palate flavours follow naturally on from the aromas. The wine is perfectly balanced, layered and complex with a long and gently waning refreshing aftertaste.
The Delaire Graaff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is perfect as a pre-prandial sipper and will compliment almost any delicately flavoured dish put in front of it. As a starter, a smooth snoek or angelfish paté with grape jam – korreltjie konfyt – would be a good partner. As would a salad containing leaves, rocket, ripe cherry tomatoes, smoked chicken strips or smoked salmon trout. Click here for my recipe for Snoek Paté.
Indochine Restaurant, recently awarded in the Gourmet Guide, and the Delaire Graff Restaurant will provide an array of dishes to go with the Delaire Graaff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2018.
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