The grapes for the Delaire Graff Chardonnay Banghoek Reserve 2016 come from the Estate’s highest mountain vineyards which are in the midst of some of the most serious wine producers in Stellenbosch.
Several hand harvesting passes were made during the ideal ripeness window to ensure breadth and depth of flavours in the resulting wine. Also ensuring a good balance of a concentration of sugars and a lovely balancing acidity.
Serious quality control by Morné Very, Delaire Graff’s Winemaker, and his team take place from the moment the grapes get into the cellar where the bunches are sorted before being whole bunch pressed. This is followed by fermentation in barrel, Maturation took place over 10 months in 225 litre French oak barrels, 40% of the new. In order to retain the freshness in the wine, no batonnage or malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under a screw cap in the traditional Burgundy shapes bottle, In the glass, a pale golden straw with green flashes.
It smells like
Wonderful whiffs of windfall oranges.
It tastes like
From entry, a perfect balance of fruit, acidity and oak, tight through to the tail. The mid palate is full with flavours of ripe white fleshed peaches and vanilla. You will find wet river stones in the satisfying ending.
It’s good with
This is a perfect wine with food – lovely, full round flavours. Lizet Hartley’s 5 Spice Pork Spareribs hits the mark perfectly. Click here for her recipe.
Listen to my 60 second Fine Music Radio podcast – CLICK HERE
Read more about Delaire Graff Wines – CLICK HERE
Delaire Graff Estate