Banghoek is on the northern edges of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, almost in Franschhoek and almost in Paarl. But high up against the Simonsberg and Botmaskop. It is here that the Delaire Graff Wine Estate is situated. It is also the home of the Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Merlot 2016. Morné Vrey the Estate’s Award-Winning Winemaker has access to the best grapes Delaire Graff vineyards can offer, and also contract grown vineyards in other Appellations.
The Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Merlot 2016 uses grapes grown on the Estate’s oldest single vineyard. The grapes are picked as the first light of dawn breaks over the east facing slopes of the Simonsberg. 2016 produced a lighter crop, and as a result of warm weather and little rain, it was a healthy crop with lighter bunches and smaller berries. Small berries mean a higher skin to juice ratio resulting in fuller and more flavoursome wine.
Morné and his team select grapes, removing any which may be damaged or raisined, so that only the best grapes go through for the winemaking process, during which time regular punch downs extract colour and soft tannins. This ends with 16 months on French oak barrels, of which 80% were new. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled in a Bordeaux shaped bottle under natural cork. The label is a beautiful simple elegant design. In the glass, the wine is a dark blood plum at the core which pales out to ruby at the edges.
It smells like
Ripe purple plums, Oak and its concomitant spices in undertow.
It tastes like
A generosity of black berry, dark cherries and roadside brambles eaten warm in the sun. Bursts into a full middle palate with cashmere clad tannins and into the longest aftertaste. Accessible now, but if carefully cellared with will last at least ten years from vintage, getting better all the time.
It’s good with
A fine wine for a well-cooked meal. There are times in the middle of the week when you have had a tough day and you just feel like a truly excellent wine with a light supper. Alida Ryder’s Crispy bacon & brie grilled cheese sandwich with caramelised onions is the perfect dish. The bacon and the onion resonating with the wine. Click here for her recipe.
If you are close by, Delaire Graff has two superb restaurants, either of which will give you a superb meal with brilliant service and, of course, an excellent selections of the Estate’s fine wines.
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